SMU DataArts - Cultural Data Profile


BAYCAT, San Francisco, CA. Photo by Ariel Dovas. BAYCAT, San Francisco, CA. Photo by Ariel Dovas.

ForResearchers & Advocates

Find answers. Fuel advocacy.

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. 

Report, Reveal, and Influence

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Whether you’re a journalist, public policy maker, student, or casual fact-seeker, explore aggregated data about the activities, assets, and contributions of cultural nonprofits.

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Who Participates and What We Collect

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:

  • Broadcast, Media, and Literary Arts
  • Community
  • Education
  • Collecting, Curating, and Exhibiting
  • Performing Arts
  • Support and Advocacy

They provide  detailed information on:

  • Revenues and expenses
  • Marketing activities
  • Balance sheet items
  • Investments & Loans
  • Attendance & Pricing
  • Program and educational activities
  • Staffing and volunteers

Integrated Surveys

We've integrated surveys from leading national service organizations into our platform, saving time and effort for member organizations and our survey partners. 

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