Arts and Culture in Missouri Employ 92,000 and Provide $4.8 Billion in Compensation

New Federal Study Tracks Jobs per State

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A total of 92,216 people in Missouri work in arts and cultural industries, earning $4,751,234 billion in compensation, according to a new federal study.

The study, which analyzes data from 2014, is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to the U.S. economy. The study was produced by the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Nationally, the study demonstrates that in 2014 the arts and cultural sector contributed $729.6 billion—4.2 percent—to the U.S. economy. Between 1998 and 2014, the contribution of arts and culture to the nation’s gross domestic product grew by 35.1 percent.

In Missouri, arts and cultural employment in 2014 accounted for 3.3% of all employment. Nearly $4.8 billion in compensation accounted for 3.2% of all compensation statewide.

“Information from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account has been invaluable for understanding the role of arts and culture in our economy, demonstrating that the arts are indeed part of our everyday lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Now with the new state data, state leaders have a powerful tool to assess and advance arts and culture for the benefit of all their residents.”

Resources to explore the study ? NEA announcement - ? Missouri fact sheet by Bureau of Economic Analysis - ? Two maps comparing states: 1) by 2014 totals; 2) by percentage increase in arts and cultural employment 1) 2)

More resources are available on the NEA’s website via the announcement of the study.

About the National Endowment for the Arts Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit

About the Missouri Arts Council The Missouri Arts Council is a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The Council provides support to nonprofit organizations through grants that meet its strategic goals:

? Engage people in meaningful arts experiences ? Grow Missouri’s economy using the arts ? Strengthen Missouri education through the arts

The Missouri Arts Council awards grants to organizations to stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. This funding makes possible quality arts programming to communities throughout the state. In addition to financial assistance, the council provides expertise in community development, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, arts education, artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, literature, theater, dance, festivals, and film/media), and more. For more information, visit

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