Arts and culture are central to what makes New Jersey a special place to live, work, visit, and raise a family. The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study reveals that the nonprofit arts and cultural sector is a keystone of our state's economy and reaps huge social benefits. Spending by arts and culture organizations and their patrons drives more than $532 million to our state's economy, employs nearly 10,000 of its residents, and brings over 5.5 million people to local communities for cultural events. In addition to statewide results, you can see impact on a local level for each county that participated in the study.
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This represents the number of local jobs supported by arts and culture organizations. These jobs include those who 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 and related spending by their patrons (dining, lodging, transportation, retail, etc.) in the local economy. This total economic impact — $338.5 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $193.8 million in event-related spending by their audiences — generated $116.9 million in local, state, and federal government revenue.
Source: Arts & Economic Prosperity 6: The Economic and Social Impact Study of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in the State of New Jersey (FY2022/23).
This represents the annual number of attendees to a nonprofit arts or cultural event. Of these attendees, 92% were residents (i.e., live within the State of New Jersey) and 8% were non-locals (i.e., live outside of the state).
Non-local attendees spent an average of 61% more than local attendees ($50.04 vs. $31.17, respectively) as a result of their attendance to nonprofit arts and culture events in the State of New Jersey.