Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
For Immediate Release
Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Organizations Report Decline in Revenues, Impacts on Staffing and Pressures on Programming
ATLANTA – Arts and culture organizations across 19 counties in Metro Atlanta are experiencing a sharp decline in total revenues, including decreased ticket sales, and are adjusting their programming to continue serving their audiences during the economic downturn.
These findings and others were evident in a newly completed survey that focuses on the effect of the current economic crisis on the region’s non-profit arts organizations. Top-line results include:
Respondents to the survey were leaders of more than 160 non-profit arts organizations in a 19-county area of metro Atlanta. Organizations with budgets ranging from under $100,000 annually to $5+ million were polled in the on-line survey. It was conducted via a combined effort of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, working together with the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council.
“It’s vital that our agencies, which are on the front lines of building support for and sustaining our region’s arts and culture, keep a close hand on the pulse of the financial environment for arts groups,” said Flora Maria Garcia, President and CEO of MAACC.
Added Lisa Cremin, Director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, “We intend to continue to closely monitor the economic effects being felt by the artistic community, who bring so much day-to-day enrichment to our region, and to regularly report on these impacts to sustaining institutions, supporters and arts patrons. As we approach year end, we recommend that donors remember arts institutions in their year-end giving.”
Kim Patrick Bitz, Executive Director of the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, said it was understandable that people are trimming discretionary spending at this time. "Unfortunately, the effect of this is often devastating to already under-funded arts organizations. Audiences are an integral part of greater Atlanta's cultural ecosystem. We want people to know that treating yourself to a night of theatre, music or dance is a great escape during these stressful times."
Cultural and arts leaders for City of Atlanta and Fulton County governments indicated they are utilizing the full survey results to ensure awareness among elected officials as well as to guide and inform arts grant-making processes during upcoming budget cycles.
Contact: Ken Haldin (404) 405-2924 or Flora Maria Garcia (678) 733-0071
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