The Cultural Data Project is committed to empowering the arts and cultural sector with high-quality data. Organizations submit detailed financial, operational, and programmatic data to the CDP through an online platform, the Data Profile. The data collected include basic organizational information, revenues, expenses, marketing activities, balance sheet items, investments, loans and an array of non-financial information (including attendance, pricing, program activity, staffing, etc.). The CDP is not a census, nor does the database represent all non-profit arts and culture organizations in any given state.
Who Participates in the CDP
All arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to participate in the Cultural Data Project. The majority of current participants are those who apply for funding to one of the more than 250 public, private, corporate, and community-based grantmakers who partner with the CDP by providing financial support, using the CDP in their grantmaking processes, or both.
Organizations enter their financial and programmatic data into the Data Profile, drawing that information from a number of sources. Financial data is drawn from audits, reviews, the IRS Form 990, or board-approved year-end financial statements. Click here for an explanation of the differences between CDP data and IRS data.
Value of CDP data to the Field
CDP data have been used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Annual, trend, and comparison reports made available to participating organizations and grantmakers through the CDP platform
- Advocacy efforts to inform and influence public policy
- Reporting on the economic and community impact of arts and cultural activity
- Analyses focusing on the financial health and vitality of artistic disciplines
- Research on issues and challenges facing arts and cultural organizations, including capitalization, funding, and sustainability
- Providing information and insights relating to grantmaking activities
Requesting access to the data
Data users may request aggregated or disaggregated data. Click here to access our policies regarding CDP data. The CDP research department approves all data use requests. Requests for data aggregation will be prepared by CDP research staff. Consultation and hourly data preparation fees may apply. Data processing fees for disaggregated data may apply. See the fee schedule for current pricing.
Applications should meet the following criteria:
- Data request originates with an issue or research question and has clearly defined goals and intentions.
- Data user has clearly articulated how and for what purposes and audiences CDP data will be used.
- Data user’s prior research experience and/or qualifications should complement the proposed project.
- Data users agree to adhere to CDP’s guiding principles for researchers/evaluators.
If the request is approved, the researcher/consultant will enter into a non-negotiable licensing agreement with CDP. To inquire about CDP research services and how we can assist you with your project, please contact Nick Crosson at firstname.lastname@example.org.