Why Does It Matter
Strong, stable support from both government funding and private philanthropy ensures that more people are able to enjoy the arts.
This is especially true for individuals or communities who may not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of participating in arts programming or accessing arts institutions. However, studies show that a disproportionate amount of funding typically goes to larger cultural institutions. According to a 2017 study, “Not Just Money,” 90% of arts nonprofits have budgets under $1 million, yet they receive only 21% of the total grants, gifts, and contributions. Additionally, the same study found that while organizations focused on communities of color make up 25% of all arts nonprofits, they only receive 4% of all foundation giving.
Public and private funding can also help collaborations thrive among arts organizations, that otherwise may not be possible. Some cities —including Minneapolis and Austin—have brought together arts organizations and government to establish an arts 'master plan.' These collective efforts helps can help spur additional investment for arts nonprofits and can help integrate arts and culture into the broader goals of a region.