For immediate release: May 05, 2011
Posted by: [IAC]
Contact: Rex A. Van Zant
Phone: 317-232-1273

Survey finds increase in number of arts related businesses

(Indianapolis, Indiana) - The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that the number of arts-related businesses in the state of Indiana increased in 2010, but the number of Hoosiers employed by them, fell for the third consecutive year.

According to the Creative Industries report released by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), as of January 2011 a total of 11,404 arts-related businesses were surveyed in Indiana, an increase of 1,789 from 2009, and the largest number survey in the state since the national advocacy group began the annual study in 2005.

"In these challenging economic times, it is encouraging that the number of arts-related businesses increased from 2009 to 2010," said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. "Businesses must exist before jobs can be created, and such a significant increase in one year's time should be a positive indicator for job growth."

While the number of arts-related businesses increased in 2010, the number of Hoosiers working for those businesses continued to decline. The survey estimated 47,083 Indiana residents were employed in the creative industries, a drop of 1,804 from the 2010 study findings. Arts related employment in Indiana peaked at 53,924 in 2007 before beginning a steady decline from 2008 to 2010. The 2010 employment estimates are 3,399 fewer than the 50,482 reported in the inaugural 2005 AFTA survey.

"It is well known that major corporations often look upon cultural opportunities offered through the creative industries as tools to attract and retain employees," Ricci said. "Growing the number of Indiana arts-related businesses can only serve to increase the number of arts-related jobs, and benefit of overall economy of our state."


The creative industries surveyed represent arts-centric businesses which include for-profit businesses such as film, architecture, media and advertising agencies, as well as not-for-profit organizations such as museums, symphonies and theaters.

Arts-related businesses account for 3.25 percent of the 350,549 businesses located in Indiana, and 1.65 percent of the 2,851,504 Hoosiers they employ.

Nationally, there are 756,007 businesses involved in the creation or distribution of the arts. They employ 2.99 million people, representing 4.14 percent of all U.S. businesses and 2.17 percent of all employees, respectively.

Based on data collected by Dun & Bradstreet, the study is conducted annually by Americans for the Arts to showcase the important role the arts and arts-related businesses play in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, stimulate local economies, generate local, state, and federal tax revenue, and serve as a cornerstone for tourism and economic development in communities of all sizes. Data in the most recent survey was collected during a 12 month period ending January 2011 and includes businesses in six major creative industries: museums/collections; performing arts; visual/photographic arts; film/radio/television; design/publishing; and art schools/services.

Located in Washington, D.C., Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. For more information, visit their website:

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.


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