Arts and culture are fundamental to a great America. As concerned citizens who care about the future of the arts and arts education, we urge you to incorporate the arts and culture in your early plans to invest in infrastructure, economic growth, and jobs.
According to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural industries are a vibrant economic sector contributing 4.23 percent, or $704.2 billion, of the nation’s GDP. This is greater than that of several other sectors, including the construction industry, transportation and warehousing, mining and extraction, and agriculture.
- In contrast to U.S. goods and services as a whole, arts and cultural commodities are yielding a trade surplus of $24 billion.
- Performing arts companies and independent artists, writers, and performers are among leading contributors to arts-related GDP. The arts are American homegrown and can’t be outsourced to other countries.
- The arts and cultural sector is a sizeable JOBS sector, generating 4.7 million jobs, with more than 2.2 million people in the U.S. whose primary occupation is as an artist.
- Increasing federal funding for the arts, through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to $1.00 per capita (an increase from the current 46 cents per capita);
- Fully funding and implementing the “well-rounded education” provisions within the Every Student Succeeds Act by strengthening equitable access to learning in the arts;
- Preserving and even expanding charitable tax deduction incentives for giving to nonprofit arts and culture charities; and
- Establishing a cabinet-level position for the arts and culture to advise you as President and other cabinet members on matters such as how the arts and culture impacts the economy, infrastructure, diplomacy, education, returning military veterans and their families, and the overall well-being of citizens and the nation at large.
- "Advancing the Arts to Support National Policy Priorities" a deeper dive arts policy statement from a diverse array of 60+ national arts organizations.
Thank you for supporting the arts in America.