Art, culture and the economy

We offer guidance for measuring the economic benefits of cultural organisations and events. We research career paths between the subsidised art and culture sector and commercial creative industries. We also study of the contribution of the art and culture industry to the national economy.

Measuring the economic benefit of cultural organisations and events

Understanding the economic contribution of art and cultural organisations we fund is an important advocacy tool and is crucial to making the arts more sustainable. Organisations which can demonstrate their economic contribution can use this evidence to make the case for local and sub-regional funding and to understand how to extend their impact.

In 2012 we published guidance to help organisations who are undertaking or commissioning studies into the economic benefits of their work. The guidance is written by BOP consulting.

The guidance aims to help organisations choose appropriate and robust methodologies. Using case studies, it illustrates the benefits and limitations of different approaches to measuring economic contribution. It outlines the information needed to apply research methodologies in appropriate and consistent ways.

Career paths between the subsidised sector and commercial creative industries

Published in 2013, this project explores the flow of talent between the publicly-funded arts and the commercial creative industries.

Building on anecdotal evidence, this project focuses on the flow of talent between the subsidised and commercial setting within the theatre sector.

In 2012 a survey of the theatre workforce was undertaken by TBR and BOP consulting. The survey looked at movements between subsidised and commercial work settings and the wider creative industries, and their links with other aspects of professional artistic practice.

The research was conducted in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills and NESTA.

The report is available from the Creative Blueprint.

Contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy

In 2015 we published a new report: Contribution of the arts and culture sector to the national economy.

Written by CEBR (Centre for Economic and Business Research), the report provides us with new evidence that the art and culture sector makes a strong, tangible contribution to the national economy.


How public investment in arts contributes to growth in the creative industries


Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe

Arts Council England has recently launched Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe, the output from a European research partnership that has attempted to establish a baseline of knowledge by taking a scientific approach to a set of commonly held assumptions about cultural and creative spillovers and the relationship between these and wider society.

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