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     Long Island’s diverse arts organizations, which include a range of interests such as concert bands, dance companies, film festivals, fine arts groups and repertory theatres, enrich the lives of residents and attract visitors to the region. As noted in a 2011 report by the Long Island Association on Long Island’s nonprofit sector, “Many Long Island arts venues are nonprofit enterprises that face the same funding and operational constraints as the entire nonprofit sector. It has long been recognized that arts and culture are vital to the health and well-being of individuals and communities and that creative expression is one of life’s most powerful and positive impulses. The diverse array of arts venues on Long Island enhances the quality of life for all Long Islanders.”

     Arts organizations are also significant economic entities whose activities help to support jobs and payrolls in other Long Island industries. For example, those who attend a local concert often patronize local restaurants and other retail establishments and stay overnight at local hotels, capacity for both types of organizations.

     Data cited in the aforementioned report show that arts organizations generate some 3,210 Long Island jobs and represent annual payrolls of almost $150 million. Despite this important economic impact, arts organizations often lack sophistication about marketing themselves and about aligning with the business community towards mutual benefit. Strengthened relationships between businesses and arts organizations can boost community revitalization and lead to increased.

    On Long Island:

  • Arts organizations generate nearly 3,210 Long Island jobs and represent annual payrolls of almost $150 million.
  • In the past 10 years, arts groups increased employment on Long Island by 50%.
  • Arts organizations produce a MULTIPLIER EFFECT: as direct jobs in the arts support another 1,700 jobs throughout Long Island.
  • Arts payroll spending spins off $116 million in payroll spending in other jobs.

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