The Arts Council of Hillsborough County conducted a research study throughout 2016 to measure the impact of the arts within the City of Tampa as well as Hillsborough County as a whole. The final results show 15,000 fulltime equivalent jobs are supported by the nonprofit arts sector as well as $433 million being pumped into the local economy by the organizations and their audiences.
The Arts Council partnered with the Americans for the Arts‘ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) project and is one of 341 organizations in the U.S. who provided information to this comprehensive national study. Americans for the Arts and DataArts aggregated the survey data and provided geographic results. Locally, the Arts Council sought and received funding from the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department and the Gobioff Foundation for the study.
The Arts Council, working throughout the year, sought information in two parts:
- from 2,114 attendees about their spending relative to arts events, performances and exhibitions
- from 76 eligible nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the county about their own spending on goods and services.
The last Arts & Economic study (2008) conducted by the Arts Council found that nonprofit arts and culture are a $298 million industry in Hillsborough County – one that supports 4,848 full-time equivalent jobs and generates more than $30.6 million in local and state government revenue. These facts are powerful tools in making the case for state and local funding for arts and culture by demonstrating the significant return on investment.
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