The arts bring pride to New Jersey, are an important economic driver, and play a critical role in improving the academic performance of students. Our state’s nonprofit arts sector employs nearly 22,000 citizens and has an economic impact of more than a half billion dollars! That’s a dollar return on every three cents of public investment, sparking local economies in every corner of the state.
New Jersey is also a national leader in arts education, engaging more than one million students in one or more arts disciplines. Young people who participate in the arts are more likely to excel academically and learn the skills that prepare students to become 21st century leaders.
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This represents the number of local full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by nonprofit arts organizations that receive direct or indirect county funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and/or their audiences.
These jobs include those that work for arts organizations, the artists employed by them, and the many local businesses supported by these groups and their audiences (restaurants, hotels, designers, printers, retail shops, etc.).
Total economic impact considers spending by nonprofit arts organizations that receive direct or indirect county funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and patron-related spending (dining, parking, retail, etc.) in the local economy.
This figure includes $28,906,762 in revenue from taxes and fees to the local government and $37,973,173 to the state budget.
State government supports the arts through competitive grants awarded directly by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and indirectly by designated arts agencies in each county.
This state funding comes from a dedicated portion of the NJ Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee.
Source: FY2019 NJSCA grant data
New Jersey is the first state in the nation to provide universal access to arts education for all students.
This percentage reflects the elementary, middle, and high school students enrolled in at least one arts program.
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