Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RI arts groups: Income continues to decline

Rhode Island arts groups continue to see declines in donations and income from ticket sales as our economic crisis persists, according to a new survey (pdf) of 50 art organizations by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Sixty-eight percent of the groups report that things have gotten worse for them since October, when the state agency surveyed more than 30 Rhode Island arts groups. Now 78 percent say contributions to their organizations are down, compared to 72 percent in October. Also more arts organizations report that donors are reneging on pledged donations. Half of responders said ticket sales are down, but most report revenue from tickets is down because they are selling more discounted tickets.

The state arts council has set up a special website on “Economic Recovery and the Arts in Rhode Island” to document the effects of the economic crisis on the arts.

Oct. 30, 2008: RI arts groups: contributions, ticket sales down
Dec. 4, 2008: The recession and Rhode Island art


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