Montana Arts Council

An Agency of State Government

Economic Development

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


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

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