Fall 2021 COVID-19 Impact Study on Phila. Region Arts and Culture
Posted by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance on December 21, 2021
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (“Cultural Alliance”) is committed to tracking the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and culture sector in our region.
The Fall 2021 COVID-19 Impact Study is the third in a series of research reports created by the Cultural Alliance to monitor the effects of the pandemic on the Philadelphia region’s arts and culture sector. Data was collected in September and October 2021, and 138 organizations participated in the survey.
Overall, more than 300 organizations have participated in the Cultural Alliance’s pandemic impact surveys since Fall 2020. The Cultural Alliance will continue to monitor how the pandemic is affecting arts and culture organizations in our region in the months and years to come.
- The total budgets of arts and culture organizations are currently down by 26 percent. from fiscal year 2019 to 2021. Earned revenue across all responding organizations dropped by 46 percent.
- While contributed revenue was down in fiscal year 2020, it was up by 9 percent in fiscal year 2021.
- The arts and culture sector is down by about 8,400 jobs, or a 35 percent decline in the size of the workforce in September 2021.
- Eighty-one percent of organizations reported that they were working at either a reduced or modified capacity.
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