Arts, Culture & The Economy
The arts and culture industry supports jobs, generates government tax revenue, strengthens the visitor economy and community vibrancy, and helps to preserve authentic cultural experiences. Americans for the Arts recently launched The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), a report that measures the economic & social impact of nonprofit arts & culture organizations & their audiences. The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) has worked with Americans for the Arts to gather participant survey data at local arts & culture events across Walton County.
From May 2022 - April 2023 more than 800 survey responses were collected by conducting targeted audience-intercept surveys from event attendees. The data tracks the arts and culture sector's impact on local economic growth. In October 2023, Americans for the Arts released the national findings of the 373 participating non-profit arts organizations along with a dedicated website for AEP6. Customized local findings were also released. You can download the national findings, Walton County findings as well as a two-page summary for Walton County.
Walton County Key Highlights include:
In Walton County, the arts & culture sector generated $57.3 million in economic activity during 2022—$8.6 million in spending by arts and culture organizations and an additional $48.6 million in event-related expenditures by their audiences. That economic activity supported 652 jobs, provided $23.9 million in personal income to residents, and generated $8.1 million in tax revenue to local, state, and federal governments.
Resources For Artists & Organizations
Americans for the Arts
Webinars, Training, Funding & Grant Opportunities, Blogs, Response Efforts, Economic Impact, Advocacy
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Americans For the Arts Action Fund
National arts advocacy organization dedicating 100% of their time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America. Learn more.
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund
Provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. Learn more.
Artist Relief Fund
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grant makers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Learn more.
Art Is Alive
Art is Alive is a solidarity effort aimed at providing resources, spreading awareness and building connectedness within the artistic and creative freelance communities impacted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
An online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability. Learn more.
Cerf+ The Artists Safety Net
A leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. Learn more.
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. Learn more.
Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Resources for Florida nonprofits. Learn more.
National Council of Nonprofits
National Council of Nonprofits – COVID-19: What nonprofits can do. They will be updating this page regularly with the latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond. Learn more.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Nonprofit Risk Management Center – 5 Things to know and do
The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Learn More
National Endowment for the Arts
ArtsReady, National Alliance of Musical Theatre, Film Festival Alliance, Arts Education Partnership, Creative Aging Alliance, Association of Performing Arts, Alliance of Artist Communities & More
COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations