Good and bad news for the arts in the US

September 24 2013

The Art Newspaper reports that government funding for the arts in the US hit a record low in 2011. However, there are also signs that overall things are getting better...

Overall, however, the report suggests that the arts sector is slowly recovering from the recession. The number of Americans volunteering for the arts grew from 1.8 million in 2010 to 2 million in 2011, an 11% spike. Arts employment remained steady and the average annual salary for arts professionals kept pace with inflation, reaching $52,000. 

The report’s authors emphasize that anecdotal evidence and recent economic data suggest that the arts industry has grown healthier since 2011. Roland Kushner, an economist who co-authored the report, says in a statement: “We’ve seen broad improvements in the economy, employment and philanthropy since 2011, all of which suggest that the arts are poised for higher index scores in years to come.” 

I'm not entirely sure what the 'arts industry' is. But if it's any help, I can report a great year so far for my little corner of the art trade here in London. There's definitely a sense that things are on the up...

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