NASAA maintains authoritative data about state arts agency funding. We use these data to create detailed reports, rankings, policy briefs and visualizations that deepen knowledge about how governments fund state arts agencies.
State Arts Agency Revenues
NASAA surveys state arts agencies twice yearly for updated appropriations and revenue information, and maintains historical information back to the 1960s.
The following featured resources represent the most recently completed reports articulating state arts agency revenues.
Supplemental Appropriations for COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the economy at large, many states are in the process of allocating supplemental CARES Act funding to support state arts agencies, arts and culture organizations, and creative businesses. These allocations are often appropriated through the legislature or created through executive action and are distributed as grants. For inquiries on COVID-19 supplemental allocations for arts and culture, including examples of state arts agency requests for funding and grant programs, contact NASAA Research Associate Declan Wicks.
Dedicated Revenue Strategies
State legislatures use a mixture of strategies to provide public support for state arts agencies (SAAs), diversify their resources and accomplish specific policy goals. By far the largest state funding source for SAAs—currently and historically—is state general funds. However, state legislatures have enacted a variety of other funding mechanisms to provide public-sector support for their SAAs. These featured resources give a thorough overview of dedicated revenue strategies employed by state arts agencies.
Presentations and Summaries
The Public Funding Sourcebook provides information on each state arts agency’s legislative appropriation from 1970 to the present day. This Excel file contains state-by-state information on appropriations including and excluding line items, as well as documentation. Nonmembers may purchase the Sourcebook in the NASAA Shop.