Arts Funding in the US

Approximately 40% of the total operating costs for not-for-profit arts groups in the US comes from earned income (such as ticket sales), roughly 7% comes from a combination of support by local, state and federal governments and the remaining funds are raised through a combination of grants, endowment income, or donated contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.


The Lone Star state might pride itself on being big, but when it comes to backing the arts, its per capita contributions are among the worst in the nation. The State of Texas contributes less than two-and-a-half cents for every person to Arts groups. By comparison other states significantly outspend, by as much as more than six dollars per person.