Expenses Report

Expenses Report

In 2015, arts organizations devoted, on average, two-thirds of their program-related expenses (and 42 percent of their operating revenue) to program personnel, a report from the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University finds. According to the Expenses Report, the latest in a series of NCAR reports on the health of arts organizations in the U.S., direct program expenses at arts organizations around the country increased 21.5 percent between 2012 and 2015, outpacing the 17.6 percent increase in operating revenue. The report also found that the share of expenses claimed by contract and permanent staff — including artists, curators, artistic program coordinators, arts educators, and collections and production staff — ranged from 54 percent (31 percent of operating revenue) at art museums, to 79 percent (66 percent of operating revenue) at opera companies; that program personnel expenses tended to be higher for organizations in communities with greater numbers of artists and arts providers and a higher dollar level of overall arts activity; and that a vibrant local arts community tends to stimulate greater investment in artists and other program personnel, which in turn reinforces the vibrancy of the local arts scene.