Public Funding for the Arts is an annual snapshot of federal, state and local appropriations for the arts. Prepared by NASAA and published each autumn in the GIA Reader (the journal of Grantmakers in the Arts), this summary provides a concise synthesis of government funding trends over time.
Supplemental Funding Strategies
Policy Brief: Supplemental Funding Strategies
This brief provides an overview of strategies that state arts agencies have pursued, including income tax checkoffs, license plates, cultural trusts and special taxes. It further outlines policy considerations and success factors.
Special Taxes and Fees
Ten states receive funding through special taxes or fees. In these states, this funding source comprises a large portion of total state funding.
Californiais arts license plate, created by Wayne Thiebaud
Thirteen states offer specialty license plates for the arts.
Income Tax Checkoffs
Almost all states offer voluntary income tax checkoffs to fund social causes. Currently five states offer them to fund the arts.
Line items (also known as earmarks) are legislative appropriations not controlled by state arts agencies but passed through their budgets to other entities. These funds are one of the most volatile components of state arts agency appropriations.
Eighteen states have established cultural trusts (or cultural endowments) and serve a variety of purposes.
Public Funding Sourcebook
The Sourcebook provides information on each state arts agency's legislative appropriation from 1970 to the present day. This Excel file contains state-by-state information on appropriations including and excluding line items. Refer to the
for definitions. Nonmembers may purchase the Sourcebook in the
NASAA can provide custom funding history tables, charts and graphs.
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