Photo courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Photo by Sharen Bradford. Photo courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Photo by Sharen Bradford.
We studied the relationship between total earned operating revenue, earned relational revenue, and expenses for arts and cultural organizations.
Photo: Courtesy Dallas Black Dance Theater (by Sharen Bradford)
What we learned: Earned operating revenue supported 51% of expenses in 2018. It has fluctuated over time in proportion to total expenses and was highest in 2017 compared to 2016 and 2018.
Image courtesy of SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Photo by Kim Leeson Photography. Image courtesy of SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Photo by Kim Leeson Photography.
What we learned: While the subscription model is not dead for the arts and cultural field as a whole, its robustness varies not only between the sectors but also among various organizational budget sizes within each sector.