The arts are integral to what makes New Jersey a special place to live, work, visit, and raise a family. As an industry, the nonprofit arts sector drives more than $662 million to our state's economy, employs nearly 22,000 of its citizens, educates 1.1 million students, and brings 8.3 million people to our local communities. Tell your legislators how important the arts are to our state's COVID-19 recovery.
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 related spending by 8.3 million patrons (dining, hotel, parking, retail, etc.) in the local economy.
This figure includes $28,906,762 in revenue from taxes and fees to local governments 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, totaling nearly 1.1 million statewide.
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