Business Council for the Arts is pleased to support Americans for the Arts (AFTA) in Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a study designed to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the United States. This is the tenth impact study by BCA over the past 20 years, and the second consecutive one with AFTA. 

AEP5 Study Highlights for North Texas:

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA came in third, measured against other multicounty
    regions in the country.

  • The economic impact of arts and culture organizations in North Texas more than tripled
    between the previously published study in 2012 and the current study – from
    $428,512,328 to $1,473,366,015.

  • In the region, the nonprofit arts and culture sector equated to 52,848 FTE jobs
    supported, translating into $1.3 billion in annual salaries.

  • North Texas cultural audience attendance numbers totaled 13,970,000 in 2015,
    contributing $473,856,433 to the economy.

This study shows, in very powerful numbers, just what a critical role arts and culture play in keeping our national, state and local economies vibrant and growing.
— Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts

Download a one-page summary of the results for participating communities in North Texas: