CDP in Research

The CDP worked with a Research Advisory Committee to seek ways to improve the data application and research request review process. For more information, please click here.

The high-quality data collected by the CDP has been used in a growing number of research and advocacy reports produced by professional researchers around the country. In order to foster significant research both regionally and nationally, the CDP partners with qualified researchers who analyze and report out on the data on the arts and cultural sector.

Industry Report: New York City is Diverse. Its Culture Sector is Not

February 1, 2016

New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs released a new study that provides a racial breakdown of the city’s cultural sector, and found that its diversity falls short of the city itself. The report tabulated data from nearly a thousand cultural groups, including New York Public Radio (the parent company of WNYC), which had to answer a survey if they wanted public funding next year. Diversity in the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Community found that 35 percent of the people in the cultural sector — which includes museums, theaters and other organizations — are nonwhite. That compares to a city population that is 67 percent nonwhite.

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CDP Data Featured in NCAR White Paper Examining Arts Organizations of Color

January 22, 2016

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University today released a white paper titled Does “Strong and Effective” Look Different for Culturally Specific Organizations? that examines the distinguishing characteristics of arts organizations that primarily serve Asian American, African American, and Hispanic/Latino communities. The study is designed to provide insights, based on measurable data, about the operating contexts and unique challenges that these organizations face. With data from DataArts the Cultural Data Profile and other national and government sources such as the Theatre Communications Group, the League of American Orchestras, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the National Center for Arts Research is creating the most complete picture of the health of the arts sector in the U.S.

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Industry Report: New Study by the League Reveals Trends in Orchestra Subscriptions

January 20, 2016

The League of American Orchestras recently released a data-driven study of subscription trends. Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model is a longitudinal study that covers 10 years of data supplied through the annual Orchestra Statistical Report. The results reveal a shift in buying patterns. While patrons are still interested in orchestras, the survey indicates that barriers, like price and committing to set dates far in advance, are barriers to traditional subscription purchases.

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