How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts

How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts

Among major U.S. metropolitan areas, only New York City boasts higher per-capita contributed revenue for the arts than Boston, a report commissioned by the finds. The report, (76 pages, PDF), examined the nonprofit arts sectors in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco, and Seattle and found that Greater Boston is home to more than fifteen hundred arts organizations. Indeed, with $350 million in ticket sales and other participation-based earned revenue in 2012, its market size is comparable to those of much larger cities such as New York and San Francisco. Conducted by , the study also found that Boston receives less government funding per capita and is dominated by large institutions to a greater degree than any other city analyzed, and that it boasts relatively few foundations making grants in support of the arts — an opportunity, the report argues, for both public and private funders to increase their support for the arts and play a strategic role in diversifying and strengthening the Boston arts ecosystem.

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