New study finds big growth in organizations, big lag in money
No surprise, but it still hurts: The first National Arts Index released this week by the Americans for the Arts doesn't present an upbeat picture.
The good news is that more and more nonprofit arts groups have been created -- from 73,000 to 104,000 since 1998; the bad news, one out of three went into the red. There are other good news/bad news items, like the one where demand for the arts in this country is down, but the demand for arts education is up (more college degrees in the arts over the past decade).
The study suggests that the arts world won't even hit the bottom economically until 2011, before the financial side of things starts to improve. Keen.
There's more, including the usual bits about dwindling audiences and funding resources, but I'm too depressed to detail it here. Feel free to read/download it for yourself.