Montana Arts Council

Economic Impact Studies

Economic Impacts of Artists' Sales and Impact on Household Income 2009-2016

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 2009-2016. Executive Summary | Detailed Report | All Artists Stories | Previous Versions:  Executive Summary (2009-2014) | Detailed Report (2009-2014)


Clusters of Creativity: Innovation and Growth in Montana

This is a 2003 report to the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity prepared by Stuart Rosenfeld of Regional Technology Strategies, Inc. RTS analyzed these value-added industry clusters in the state: Creative Enterprise; Experience Enterprise; Tourism; Wood-based Industries; Food Processing; Information Technology and Life Sciences. These clusters were selected because of their importance to Montana’s overall economy. To read the full report, please click here:

Economic Impact of Montana Artists

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.


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

An 11-minute video meant to help educate board members, community leaders and others who may not be familiar with the significant economic impact that Montana artists and arts organizations have on our state’s economy.


Montana Dept. 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 Role of Non-Profit Arts Organizations in Montana's Economy

This study surveyed Montana nonprofit arts organizations to assess how arts and cultural programs contribute to the state economy. Financial data collected on 137 Montana nonprofit arts institutions was used to calculate impacts. This data was provided by the Internal Revenue Service and supported by surveys conducted in the fall of 2002 by ArtsMarket, Inc.

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