Economic impact of the arts

This was originally published (for real! on paper and everything!) in issue 223 of Arts Professional, February 2011. (they have it on their website here if you don’t believe me)

What’s the economic impact of the arts?

I bet you’re thinking about economic impact studies. There can’t be many in the public or not-for-profit sector who aren’t. Great artistic track record, renowned for social and community work, but what seems to get support these days? Jobs, tourism, income. Underlying philosophical arguments aside, the arts must have some kind of role to play in the flows of economic wealth, even if this isn’t or shouldn’t be, their strongest suit.

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