BAYCAT, San Francisco, CA. Photo by Ariel Dovas. BAYCAT, San Francisco, CA. Photo by Ariel Dovas.
SMU DataArts offers an unparalleled longitudinal dataset, including financial, programmatic, and operational information from thousands of cultural nonprofits.
An essential resource for a range of research studies, we give advocates the evidence to make a more powerful case for the value and impact of the arts. We provide data in many forms for many purposes: from raw structured datasets for academic or field research to custom analysis and reports for publication.
Document the range, reach, or economic and community impacts of nonprofit cultural activity.
Identify opportunities, challenges, and solutions for the cultural sector and society.
Use evidence-based support to advocate persuasively for policy and funding.
We also offer free advocacy resources to help you build a data-informed case for the arts.
Nonprofit organizations voluntarily report financial and programmatic data through the CDP, as part of their applications for funding to grant programs, or as part of another integrated field survey.
Many types of organizations participate:
They provide detailed information on:
SMU DataArts also integrates a growing number of surveys from leading arts service organizations into one seamless platform. This innovation saves time and effort for arts and cultural organizations and gives everyone access to more inclusive, reliable, and standardized data.