Findings of Arts & Economic Prosperity study are revealed

Press release from Asheville Area Arts Council:

On Saturday, June 17 the Americans for the Arts released the Arts & Economic Prosperity V (AEP5) study finding the non-profit arts and culture sector is a $68 million industry in Buncombe County! This spending supports 2,233 full-time equivalent jobs and generates over $7.3 million in local and state government revenue.

Non-profit arts and culture organizations, which spend $26.4 million annually, leverage a remarkable $42.5 million in additional spending by arts and culture audiences – spending that pumps vital revenue into local restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other businesses. Supporting arts and culture not only enhances our quality of life, but also invests in Buncombe County’s economic well-being!

Read the full study here.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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