An analysis of the latest reports on Canadian consumer and government spending on Arts and Culture was recently released by Hill Strategies. If you haven’t already seen it, you can find it here. the figures, from 2008, create some very interesting comparisons and highlight some even more interesting trends from just before the economy started to rapidly decline. Despite the size of such an undertaking, I hope that a similar survey can be done for 2010. Some of the figures and trends are likely to be very different in the current environment and the comparison would be very revealing.
Also, for those who completed the Business for the Arts annual Performing Arts Survey last spring, you will probably have received your personalized reports via e-mail. I have to say, I LOVE this aspect, as well as the tools available to survey participants for further analysis and comparison. I know we all get deluged with surveys and requests for information, but I definitely recommend taking the time to do this one. Because so many organizations participate, the results are very comprehensive and quite representative. Using this as well as the data which is available in the CADAC (Canadian Arts Data/Donnees sur les arts au canada) we have some very solid numbers to use in a variety of ways: to make us better within our own organizations, to back up any arguments on the positive influences we have on society as a sector, and so on.