The Reality Underneath the Buzz of Partnerships: The Potentials and Pitfalls of Partnering (11 Jan 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 5)
Based on interviews with five American community foundations and 45 cultural organizations involved in 19 foundation-funded partnerships, this report identifies potential advantages and drawbacks of partnerships and outlines the implications for funders and grant recipients. The report indicates that both the funders and the cultural organizations believe that partnerships can build organizational capacity, expand and diversify audiences, and expand organizational networks.
This report, commissioned by the Canadian Conference of the Arts from Hill Strategies Research, examines spending on culture by federal, provincial, and municipal governments in Canada. Total government spending on culture, including transfers, was $7.4 billion in 2002-03. Of that total, heritage and libraries received $3.7 billion (50%), the cultural industries received $2.5 billion (34%), multiculturalism and other cultural activities received $690 million (9%), and the arts received the smallest share at $550 million (7%).
Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 15 Metropolitan Areas in 2003 (11 Jan 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 4)
Consumer Spending on Culture shows that Canadian consumers spent $22.8 billion on cultural goods and services in 2003, an amount that is greater than consumer spending on tobacco, alcohol and games of chance combined. The $22.8 billion in consumer spending is over three times larger than the $7.4 billion spent on culture in by all levels of government in 2002/03. The report also shows that consumer spending on live performing arts events ($980 million) is nearly double the spending on live sporting events ($530 million).
Developed as part of the Voluntary Sector Initiative, the Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering is a new and permanent feature of Canada's standard economic accounts, providing information on the economic size and scope, revenue sources, expenditures, volunteer activity, and paid labour in the nonprofit sector.
Based on an in-depth survey of 13,000 incorporated not-for-profit organizations, the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (NSNVO) provides substantial information about revenues, staffing, volunteers and problems in incorporated nonprofit organizations. Of an estimated 161,000 incorporated nonprofit organizations in Canada, 13,770 are involved in the arts and culture.
In an effort to facilitate access to cultural data, Statistics Canada has made a wide range of survey data available online for free. Site users can access culture surveys, data and analysis from Statistics Canada's Culture Statistics Program. Topics include government spending on culture, international cultural trade, as well as sectoral information on, for example, the performing arts, heritage institutions, film and video, movie theatres, and book and periodical publishing.
Managing Our Performing Spaces: Impact Study of the Costs Relating to the Management of Performing Arts Premises in Canada (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 2 | No. 6)
This report examines the management of performing arts facilities in Canada, including a wide range of issues such as ownership, tenancy, operating costs and income, capital costs and funding, working capital, and improvements to physical infrastructure.
Raising the Barre: Geographic, Financial and Economic Trends of Nonprofit Dance Companies (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 2 | No. 5)
Based on three sources – NEA applications, a Unified Database of Arts Organizations and the economic census – this report paints a statistical portrait of the changing situation of American dance companies (not independent dancers) between 1987 and 1997.
This report, prepared by Hill Strategies, uses 71 interviews with media artists, arts organizations and funders to examine the realities, functioning and importance of Canada's media arts sector. The sector was found to be "rapidly changing, difficult to define, very active and struggling to find money for its activities". Interviewees indicated that the production and exhibition of works by Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists are key to the development of the media arts.
Statistics Canada recently released the results of its 2001 survey of 583 performing arts organizations.