Arts & Economic Prosperity 6

The Economic Impact of Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences

Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Study for Long Island

LIAA is proud to partner with Americans for the Arts on the sixth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit and arts culture industry, Arts and Economic Prosperity 6. This study is conducted approximately every five years to gauge the economic impact (on employment, government revenue, and household income) of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and the event-related spending by their audiences.

Calling All Art & Culture Groups

We’re looking for arts and culture groups to help raise awareness and take part in survey collection. All partners, big and small, will impact the research and findings. Our aim is to recruit as many arts and culture partners as possible to represent every region on Long Island — the more organizations that participate, the better.

Cultural Partners will receive exposure on all marketing and promotion efforts for the study. They will also be the first to receive a copy of the report.

Volunteer Survey Administrators Needed

You don’t need to be part of an arts and culture organization to make a difference! We also need individual volunteers to help conduct the study. It’s a great opportunity for artists and art lovers alike to connect with and support arts and culture organizations in your local area. And don’t worry—you don’t need survey experience to help! 

Submit Your Live Upcoming Events

Interested in having your live event counted between May 2022 - April 2023? Submit your live event information here for consideration. By sharing your event with us and participating in the AEP6 survey we will be able to document the economic contributions of the arts on Long Island, and be apart of the communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more about venue eligibility.

Thank You To Our Cultural Partners:

Please join us in showing your gratitude for their support of this important initiative by completing the AEP6 survey at events they host this winter & spring across the Island:

Creative Art Space for Kids (CASK)
Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre
Long Island Children's Museum
Of Colors: A Creative Collective
Sag Harbor American Music Festival
Westbury Arts
The Art Guild of Port Washington
Colored Colors
Guild Hall
Long Island Museum Association
Parrish Art Museum
Dance Visions NY
The Heckscher Museum of Art
Long Island Traditions
Patchogue Arts Council | MoCA LI
Southampton Art Center
East End Arts
Hofstra University Museum of Art
The Madison Theatre at Molloy University
Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center
Sparkle on Stage
Bay Street Theater
Eglevsky Ballet
Huntington Arts Council
Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio Inc.
Preservation Long Island
Cinema Arts Centre
fotofoto gallery
The Jazz Loft
Landmark on Main Street
The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of NY
Sag Harbor Cinema
Walt Whitman Birthplace


"Who can take part in the AEP6 Study?"

The research will use a broad definition of the nonprofit arts and culture sector, based on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (the coding system the IRS uses to characterize tax-exempt organizations) to determine participant eligibility. Eligible types of organizations, departments, divisions, programs, and facilities include:

  • Traditional nonprofit arts and culture organizations (e.g., museums, theaters, etc.)
  • Municipally owned and municipally operated presenting facilities or institutions (e.g., a city-operated facility)
  • Unincorporated community arts and culture organizations (e.g., a community theater)
  • Arts programs embedded in non-arts organizations (e.g., an arts program in a church, library, or senior center)
  • Living collections such as botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums
  • Historical societies and other historical or historic preservation organizations
  • Private arts councils (and cultural alliances, etc.)
  • Municipal arts agencies (e.g., an arts commission or a department of cultural affairs Study partner should complete the survey for their organization
  • In short, if it displays the characteristics of a nonprofit arts and culture organization and has an identifiable budget/attendance and leadership, they encourage study partners to include them.
  • INELIGIBLE: For-profit/commercial businesses and individual artists are EXCLUDED from the methodology for this study.

"Are the economic impact surveys the same for all organizations?"

No. Small organizations ($50k or less operating budget) will answer fewer questions and need to provide fewer details than large organizations. Large organizations will be asked to provide a bit more detail. The entire organizational survey is streamlined significantly from past AEP studies and will use logic (e.g., skipping and branching) so that smaller organizations will only be asked for top-line data.

"As a partner organization, how much time will this take?"

It differs for each partner and largely depends on your abilities. Helping to promote the study throughout the year takes the least amount of time. We appreciate help with conducting the study at one or more events during the year. 

Position: AEP6 Study Coordinator
Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) is seeking an independent contractor to oversee our participation in Arts & Economic Prosperity 6, a national study on the economic impact of the arts from Americans for the Arts.

LIAA is looking for an outgoing, organized, self-starter to lead the study on Long Island. Work will involve working directly with arts organizations to coordinate data collection, as well as recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers to collect surveys at arts events across the Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Managing data and producing quarterly reports will also be required.

The Value of the Arts for our Local Economy

Arts advocates know the arts provide tremendous societal benefits. But the economic impact of the arts resonates best with policymakers and the budgets they control. Every arts advocate should have the best economic research available to make the case for better public policy. Data continues to show that arts and culture are vital to local economies. By surveying communities now, especially as we work through a pandemic, we can continue to gather data that proves the arts are worthy of support from government, businesses and individuals interested in strengthening our region. When the study is complete, we will receive a unique economic impact report customized for our region. No other report provides insights of this nature.




By every measure, the arts provides economic prosperity for America. According to the latest study, nonprofit arts generated $166.3 billion of economic activity in 2015.


BILLION in event-related expenditures by their audiences


BILLION in spending by Arts & Cultural Organizations


BILLION generated in revenue to local, state, and federal governments


MILLION jobs were supported

Americans for the Arts’ fifth economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. The study is the most comprehensive of its kind, detailing arts in 50 states and the District of Columbia.