Arts Funding Trends

Each year, GIA partners with Foundation Center and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to research and report on national public and private arts funding trends. A major ten-year study was completed in 1993 and updated in 1995, 1998, and 2003. Since then, GIA has published an annual update to this research in the Reader and on its website.

March 8, 2017 by admin
Download:  Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture (3 Mb) Earned income and private giving make up the largest share of arts funding in the United States, but government funds are an essential piece of the arts ecosystem. Public investments in the arts are citizen driven and beholden to the public interest. They support inclusive experiences, promulgated by representative democracy covering every part of the country. Read More...
March 3, 2016 by admin
Beginning with this snapshot of arts funding, Foundation Center’s annual analyses of foundation arts and culture grantmaking will be based on our new Philanthropy Classification System. This system of coding and organizing foundation funding replaces the Grants Classification System, which was employed by Foundation Center for nearly a quarter century. It reflects an evolution in the way that giving for the arts and other fields is captured and represented. Read More...
October 14, 2015 by admin
The arts in America are supported by a complex mix of funds, including individual contributions, corporate and foundation support, earned revenues, and government grants. Although government funds comprise a modest percentage of total arts income, they are an essential part of the American arts ecosystem, supporting community arts development, achieving a wide geographic dispersal of grants, and making arts funds accessible to communities that may have limited access to other resources. Read More...