Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019

Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019

Public funding for the arts from federal, state, and local governments in the United States totaled $1.39 billion in fiscal year 2019, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. According to the report, Public Funding for Arts and Culture in 2019, the total included $155 million in appropriations to the National Endowment for the Arts, up 1.4 percent from FY18; $370.5 million in appropriations to state and jurisdictional arts agencies, up 3.6 percent; and $860 million in funds allocated by municipal and county governments to local arts agencies, which remained flat on a year-over-year basis. Adjusted for inflation, total public funding for the arts has fallen by 18 percent over the past twenty years, with state arts agency appropriations down 35 percent and local funding down 12 percent, even as federal funds increased 9 percent. The report also notes that combined federal, state, and local arts funding yielded a per-capita investment of $4.19 in 2019 — continuing an upward trend since 2012 but still below nominal 2001 levels. When taking inflation into consideration, per-capita appropriation equaled just $2.87 in 2019.

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