This report from Americans for the Arts synthesizes 76 national indicators into one simple index for the arts in 2008. The report notes that there has been substantial growth in indicators of arts supply, including arts employment, the number of artists, and the number of arts organizations.On the demand side, however, "the competitiveness of the arts for resources and investment is slipping", with the "Competitiveness Measure" reaching its lowest point in 2007.
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing aims to "create a single, composite index for measuring the wellbeing of Canadians that serves as an alternative to traditional and economic-based measures such as the Gross Domestic Product. The index has eight domains, including "leisure and culture".
Some of the key findings of this report include:
- 759,000 cultural donors gave a total of about $101 million to arts and culture organizations in 2007.
- The donations to arts and culture organizations represent 1.0% of financial donations to all types of non-profit organizations in Canada.
- The 759,000 donors to arts and culture organizations comprise 3.3% of all Canadian donors.
- Among the 11 types of non-profit organizations covered by the survey, arts and culture organizations rank ninth with regard to the overall number of donors.
- Average donations to arts and cultural organizations are relatively high.
This study is based on a survey of 14 members of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in December 2008 and January 2009. At the time of the survey, many of these world-wide respondents were "unsure about the extent, nature and timing of the impacts" of the recession.
Statistics Canada recently released Canada-level data on heritage institutions in 2007. The total revenues of all heritage organizations were $1.2 billion in 2007, a 14% increase from 2004 (not adjusted for inflation).
Statistics Canada recently released a very brief text overview and summary data of performing arts organizations in 2007. Total revenues were $1.2 billion for all performing arts groups in 2007, a 2.8% increase from 2006 (not adjusted for inflation).
Statistics Canada recently released a brief overview and data regarding government spending on culture in 2006-07. In 2006-07, governments spent $8.2 billion on culture, excluding transfers between different levels of government. This represents a 5% increase from 2003-04 after adjusting for inflation.