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Economic Impact of the Arts

The arts provide jobs, attract and retain an educated, creative workforce, engage cultural tourists, and generate tax revenue that helps Baltimore County maintain its outstanding quality of life. The State of Maryland receives a three to one return on investment in the arts.

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Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland

  • 11.2 million people attend arts events, classes and workshops in Maryland.
  • Arts audiences spend over $294 million dollars.
  • The arts generated an estimated $45.7 million in state and local tax revenue.
  • Direct and indirect spending from the Arts generated $1.1 billion in total economic impact for Maryland during fiscal year 2019.

Source: Maryland State Arts Council, Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland

Revised February 25, 2021         


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