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Pennsylvania’s Cultural Leaders cite CDP data during budget meetings with Governor Rendell and other legislators

  • Posted Sep 29, 2009

The arts and cultural community in Pennsylvania is using CDP data in a powerful way, showing the real impact of a proposed tax on cultural activities. Using fact-based, reliable data from the CDP, the cultural community has proven that revenues from such a tax would fall far below what legislators project. According to, “[w]hile this tax will have a dramatic impact on a broad base of nonprofit and for-profit cultural activity, a 6% tax on tickets at PA nonprofit cultural orgs would yield only $12.96 million, less than 13% of the total revenue projected by legislators (based on statewide nonprofit ticket sales as reported to the PA Cultural Data Project).”  At critical moments like these, when arts and cultural organizations are facing innumerable challenges,  CDP data provides arts and culture advocates with the vital information necessary to impact cultural policy.

READ MORE: Statewide Arts and Culture Organizations meet with Governor and Legislative Leaders (09/29/2009)

Philadelphia Inquirer- Budget deal reached but details still being worked out (09/24/2009)