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Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities

On May 15, 2011, NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar and Research Analyst Bonnie Nichols presented new NEA research "Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities" [Research Note #102]. "Time and Money" looks at the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities; organizational revenue and expenses; and direct consumer spending. A particular focus on performing arts data provides consistency across these three measurements. The 20-minute presentation was followed by a question and answer period.

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2011
Research Note #102 examines large datasets from multiple federal sources to report on three broad topics related: 1) the total number, staff, and budget size of performing arts organizations; 2) U.S. consumer spending on performing arts admissions and other cultural events; and 3) Americans' daily time spent doing arts and cultural activities, including performing arts attendance. Measures of arts and...
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