Arts and culture non-profits have long known that inspiring works of art and innovative designs have the power to transform people’s lives. Its leaders have also known that, as businesses, they directly contribute to the economy as they purchase materials and services in their communities and pay workers who in turn buy goods and services. But until recently, they have only had anecdotal stories to demonstrate their combined impact. Now, with data collected through the Michigan Cultural Data Project and other new sources, the sector can fully illustrate its impact in Michigan with standardized, reliable information.
In Fiscal Year 2010, the 346 organizations in the Michigan Cultural Data Project with review complete data spent $553,599,668 in salaries, services and materials. There are approximately 2,000 arts and culture organizations in Michigan. As more of them add their data to the Michigan Cultural Data Project, this collective and contributing impact will continue to increase.
The number of jobs at the 346 organizations in the Michigan CDP with review complete data equaled 22,335. There were:
The 346 organizations paid $13,898,476 in payroll taxes in 2010 to local, state and federal government agencies. This amount accounts for the employer portion of taxes paid on salaries of $193,987,699 in that year. The CDP does not track taxes paid by individuals. Therefore, while the exact amount of combined payroll taxes paid by the employer and the employee because of these jobs cannot be determined, that figure is more than $13.9 million.