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Insuring Creativity: CERF+ Business Insurance Survey
Between February and December 2007 nearly 3000 respondents from six media-focused national craft organizations participated in a survey conducted by CERF+ on a variety of topics related to business insurance. Analysis was completed and a report was issued in February 2010.
In 2004, in partnership with over 30 craft organizations, CERF+ conducted a national survey and hosted regional focus groups to learn about the needs, challenges, and opportunities that craft artists face.
The Economic Impact of Tamarack and the Tamarack Foundation in West Virginia (2008)
Summary Report:
Full Study:
Economic Impact of The Professional Craft Industry In Western North Carolina (2008)
Brochure, with data in a usable format:
Full report of research:
Effects of the Economic Recession on the Folk and Traditional Arts: 2008-2009
Comparative Data for California and the Nation
For more information about the survey, contact Amy Kitchener, Alliance for California
Traditional Arts at 415-346-8700 or
Arkansas Creative Economy Study (2008), downloadable PDF copies of the study along with links to other states and many other studies relevant to the crafts field: Regional Technology Strategies, Inc.:   
Artists Count: The Economic Impact of Minnesota’s Individual Artists is a statewide study conducted by lead organizations Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA), Springboard for the Arts, and the Minnesota Crafts Council (MCC), in partnership with Americans for the Arts. (2007)
See MCA website for links to several other national as well as MN studies:
The Creative Economy in Maine (2004)
The National Endowment for the Arts website has several craft relevant reports (and summaries) including “Artist in the Workforce 1990-2005”
To find national trends, research, and statistics in the arts as well as contact information for all 50 State Arts Agencies.
Well hidden on the NASAA website is a listing of links to arts economic impact studies in most states and some national and regional studies at the following link:
To find national trends, research, information and current statistics in the arts. The following study has been updated-new information is available on their website.
Arts and Economic Prosperity
The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts Organizations and Their Audiences
Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation’s economy. This study demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.
Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year—$63.1 billion in spending by organizations and an additional $103.1 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. The study is the most comprehensive study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted. It documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in 156 communities and regions (116 cities and counties, 35 multicounty regions, and five states), and represents all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The $166.2 billion in total economic activity has a significant national impact, generating the following:
5.7 million full-time equivalent jobs
$104.2 billion in household income
$7.9 billion in local government tax revenues
$9.1 billion in state government tax revenues
$12.6 billion in federal income tax revenues
The Arts & Economic Prosperity studies continue to be among the most frequently cited statistics used to demonstrate the impact of the nation’s nonprofit arts industry on the local, state, and national economy.
The Arts & Economic Prosperity III Calculator is a free and simple tool that makes it possible for you to estimate the economic impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization—or even your entire nonprofit arts community—on your local economy. These analyses are based on research findings from the 156 communities and regions that were part of Arts & Economic Prosperity III, Americans for the Arts' national economic impact study of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
Are available on the Americans for the Arts website for a fee. For more information visit:
For more information, contact AFTA at: 202.371.2830
The CODA study contained only 48 responses from West Virginia. Leaders in the crafts field in West Virginia realized that this sample size was too small to yield valid data for their state, so they worked together with the Small Business Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office to conduct an update to determine the full economic impact of craftspeople on the state of West Virginia, using the CODA Survey as a model. 
An evaluation of the 2000 Economic Impact of the Kentucky Crafts Industry, commissioned by the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program is based in part on the data from the Kentucky breakout study of the CODA Survey, and another study done earlier in Kentucky that contained information on the Kentucky Crafts Industry not available to the researchers doing the CODA study. This is an informative and interesting analysis, and is available for $25.
Both studies are being offered free to CODA Members. CODA Members may contact: for an email copy of these studies.
"CraftWORKS! Michigan: A Report on Traditional Crafts and Economic Development in Michigan" It includes Craft and Economic Development: A Sampler of Resources and “Best Practice” Projects in the United States and Around the World see Addendum A and B.
A link to the study is in the message below and the complete Press Release is available on the CODA website under the News and Info tab:  
It's time to cast a fresh eye on Michigan's crafts industry - from quilters and rug weavers to boat builders and stained-glass makers - an untapped Michigan resource with the potential to pump millions of dollars into Michigan's economy and draw thousands of tourists to the state, according to a report released by the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL) and Michigan State University Museum.
the report lays the strategy for creatively packaging Michigan's crafts industry in ways that will:
•   boost a region's appeal by collectively leveraging its unique heritage, personality and crafting businesses; and
•   offer a new and appealing tourism product by providing another opportunity for a "pure Michigan" visitor experience.
The report is available online at
"The 'CraftWORKS!' research and report have really opened our eyes to the potential power of a strategically planned and managed craft industry for Michigan," said Dr. William Anderson, director of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries.
A National Campaign to Register Artists and Nonprofit Arts Organizations for a DUNS number with Dun & Bradstreet
Americans for the Arts urges all individual artists and arts organizations to get their own free Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number—or if they already have a D&B number, to ensure that they are accurately coded as an arts/craft organization or artist/craftsman.
Since 2004, Americans for the Arts has produced the Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report, a study of the nonprofit and for-profit arts-related businesses in America. This report provides a valuable visibility and advocacy tool for advancing the arts/crafts. In 2006, the analysis revealed that roughly 548,000 arts businesses employed 2.9 million people. But they know this is an undercount!
The Creative Industries research uses D&B data to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction. If you don’t have a D&B number, then you are not represented in the data. Do your part to help advance the arts in America—SIGN UP AND BE COUNTED.
You can get a DUNS number by calling Dun and Bradstreet at 866-705-5711, OR
Americans for the Arts makes it easy for you to contact D&B and sign-up for a DUNS number. They’ve compiled step-by-step directions that will guide you through the process of contacting D&B via e-mail or phone. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes. It’s fast and it’s free. Visit the Americans For the Arts website by clicking below to obtain more information:

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