2008 LA Arts Funding Survey Results Released by Southern California Grantmakers
Reports Stagnating Support, Limited Accessibility for LA‘s Nonprofit Arts Sector; Arts Organizations Continue Struggle to Do More With Less
This year’s survey examined the extent to which arts funding sources and patterns have slumped — or, in many cases stayed much the same — over the past 10 years. The survey also provides insights into the current arts and culture funding climate within the context of trends that stand to impact the arts funding landscape in the years ahead.
There are just over 1,000 arts and culture nonprofits in
“Our region’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are essential to a vibrant public sphere, freedom of expression and civic participation throughout LA’s increasingly diverse communities,” said
Arts organizations are faced with both tremendous challenges and potentially devastating consequences. And, even though county and city support have increased admirably in recent years, the share of government dollars flowing into the local arts community remains well below comparable figures for other cultural capitals such as
A curious anomaly is the fact that public funders are more likely than the private sector to support individual artists; however, the average grant size for individual artists from the private funders is nearly three times the size of the average public grant to individual artists.
“A strong and vibrant arts community is integral to the life and vitality of
The survey also provided a measure of good news for LA’s arts community, showing a higher percentage of funders providing much-needed general operating support than in past years. General endowment, capital campaign and technical assistance support also increased. Additionally, arts education emerged as the most popular funding category — arts education (88%), museums, galleries, visual arts (84%), music (72%) and theater (68%). Both public and private funders were more likely to fund arts education in 2008 than they were in 2000.
Flexible practices saw increases in 2008 as well. In comparison to 2002, both public and private funders are increasingly allowing applications to be submitted electronically. However, a large number of funders continue to entertain proposals by invitation only, thereby inhibiting open access.
The 2007/2008 “Arts in the Balance” survey summary may be viewed at www.socalgrantmakers.org, or a copy may be requested by calling Southern California Grantmakers at 213-680-8866, ext. 0.
The survey report is available upon request.
About Southern California Grantmakers
Founded in 1973, Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), www.socalgrantmakers.org, is a membership association comprised of private-sector grantmakers including: independent foundations, family foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, community foundations, public foundations, privately operating foundations and individual philanthropists.
SOURCE Southern California Grantmakers