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Important Research Available on Economic Impacts of Artists


Researcher and evaluator Surale Phillips completed an in-depth study on economic impacts of artists participating in MAC’s Montana Artrepreneur Program during the years 2009-2014. Executive Summary | Detailed Report


Arts and the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development

In this 40-page report, governors and other state leaders will find models from states throughout the country that demonstrate the value of incorporating the arts and culture into their continuing economic development strategies.


US Chamber of Commerce's "Enterprising States: Creating Jobs, Economic Development and Prosperity in Challenging Times"

Ranks Montana first in the nation in entrepreneurship and innovation. See page 12, where it states: "While Montana's energy and mining clusters added a combined 8,400 high-paying jobs to the state since 2002, Montana's greatest source of national dominance came from the collection of arts, entertainment, recreation and visitor industries, perhaps a sign that the rest of the nation is beginning to discover the Big Sky Country."


Montana: The Land of Creativity video
"The Power and Potential of Arts-Driven Economic Development in Montana"

An 11-minute video for use in the education of board members, community leaders and others (add comma here) who may not be familiar with the significant economic impact that Montana artists and arts organizations have on our state’s economy.


Montana Department of Labor Study of Individual Artists 2012

A study using as a basis National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Employment data from the 2010 US Census.


The Economic Impact of Montana Artists

A 2005 report detailing the economic impact of artists in Montana. The artists of Montana have a substantial economic impact on the state of over $233 million in 2003. There are over 5,800 artists — performing and visual artists, writers, photographers, crafts people, etc.. — in Montana, per the 2000 US Census, equaling one out of every 80 people in Montana's labor market. There are almost as many artists making their living in Montana as there are employed by the forest services, and there are more people employed as artists than in the mining industry.


The Role of Non-profit Arts Organizations in Montana's Economy

Sponsored by the Montana Arts Council and conducted by the Bozeman research firm ArtsMarket, Inc., this 2002 study surveyed Montana nonprofit arts organizations to assess how arts and cultural programs contribute to the state economy.


NEA 50th Anniversary Video on Montana


New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design

This May 2012 report focuses on the roles that arts, culture and design can play as states seek to create jobs, boost their economies and transition to an innovation-based economy.


Promoting Film and Media to Enhance State Economic Development

The July 2008 issue brief from the NGA Center for Best Practices shows how states can foster thriving film, television and media arts industries.


The Arts Strengthen Rural Economies

The August 2005 issue brief from the NGA Center for Best Practices shows how states are turning to arts-based economic development strategies to revive rural economies.


The Role of the Arts in Economic Development

First in the series, this June 2001 issue brief reveals how the arts revitalize communities, contribute to a region's innovation habitat, and help states remain competitive in today's economy.






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