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Atlanta Home to Most Arts-Related Businesses Per Capita
Posted Date: 4/11/2012 3:45 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Sonji Jacobs, Director 
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Reese McCranie, Deputy Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/10/12

News Release

Atlanta Home to Most Arts-Related Businesses Per Capita in America
 City also has the second highest percentage of arts-related employees per capita in the country.

The city of Atlanta has the highest number of arts-related businesses per capita among the 100 largest cities in the United States and the second highest percentage of arts-related employees per capita in the country, according to a recent report by Creative Industries, a national arts research project by Americans for the Arts.

According to Creative Industries, Atlanta is home to 3,573 arts-related businesses that employ 22,826 people. Last year, Atlanta ranked fourth highest in the number of arts-related businesses per capita out of the 100 largest cities in the United States.

“The rankings don’t surprise me because many wonderful arts organizations flourish in the metropolitan Atlanta region,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “But this report does confirm that the arts are a vital component of Atlanta’s economy. And it supports my belief that great cities have great art. Thriving cities offer an outstanding quality of life, and the arts are a crucial component of a city’s soul.”

The broader metropolitan Atlanta region also is well represented in the list of top producing arts businesses and arts employee regions. According to Dun & Bradstreet:

  • Of the 100 most populated counties in the nation, Fulton County has the 4th highest number of arts-related businesses per capita; DeKalb County is ranked 10th; Cobb County is ranked 16th and Gwinnett County is ranked 20th.
  • Of the 100 most populated counties in the nation, Fulton County has the 3rd highest number of arts-related jobs per capita; DeKalb County is ranked 21st; Cobb County is ranked 39th and Gwinnett County is ranked 54th.
  • Nationally, there are 904,581 businesses in the nation involved in the creation or distribution of the arts. Those companies employ 3.34 million people, representing 4.25 percent of all businesses and 2.15 percent of all employees.

“Creative industries and businesses provide the essential fuel that drives the ‘information economy,’ the fastest growing segment of the nation’s economy,” said Mara Holley, Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition and Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Wells Fargo Government and Institutional Banking. “These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, spend money locally, generate government revenue and stand as a cornerstone of tourism and economic development.”

About Creative Industries
Creative Industries, a national arts research project by Americans for the Arts, combines Dun & Bradstreet data and geo-economic analysis to map the location of arts-related entities in six creative industries: museum/collections; performing arts; visual/photography; film, radio, TV; design/publishing; and schools/services. The creative industries are composed of arts-centric businesses, institutions, and organizations that range from museums, symphonies, and theaters to film, architecture, and advertising companies.

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