A small investment in the arts yields a high return

Regarding the upcoming 2011-2012 state budget, the WNC Jazz Society wants legislators to make informed and responsible decisions for funding to the North Carolina Arts Council.

The arts mean business in North Carolina. Most citizens would be surprised to learn that the state invested $6.6 million in arts funding in 2009, yet employees of the funded organizations returned $3.3 million in income taxes back to the state. Funded organizations generate $223 million in total income for North Carolina.

When a person buys a ticket for a nonprofit arts performance, grants subsidize the ticket price to keep it affordable so more citizens can participate. Yet, for every ticket purchased, citizens spend, on average, an additional $27.50 per ticket on restaurants, parking and transportation, gifts and souvenirs, concessions, etc.

A continued strong and vital presence of the arts in North Carolina is necessary in order for our state to continue to thrive in the 21st century.

— Bo Farson
WNC Jazz Society
Asheville

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