Arts & Economic Prosperity

Join the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 Study!

ArtsMemphis seeks community partners to participate in Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), the sixth national economic impact study of America's nonprofit arts and culture industry. AEP6 will demonstrate that even in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation it has wreaked on our sector, the arts are a critically important accelerant for our economic recovery. 

Join Us!

ArtsMemphis is coordinating Memphis’ and Shelby County’s participation in this national study – one of 387 participating communities nationwide.

AEP6 measures spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and event-related spending by their audiences/participants.

Results from this study include the number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by the industry, the amount of resident household income generated by the industry, and the amount of local and state government revenue generated by the industry.

We need the participation of every nonprofit arts and culture organization in Shelby County to measure the full economic impact of our sector on the community.  Join us!

We held a virtual information session on June 16, to review the scope of the AEP6.  View Here.

Contact Bryce Goodloe, Program & Operations Manager, to get involved!  You can also sign up using this form.

Already signed up?  Let us know at which performances or events you intend to collect AEP6 audience intercept surveys on our Event Submission form.  We will use this information to promote awareness of your event and survey participation through our social media channels.


May 2022 - May 2023

Audience Intercept Surveys collected by arts & culture organizations.

June 16, 2022

Information Session
View Here

January 2023 - April 2023

Organizational surveys

September 2023 

Reports delivered by Americans for the Arts



AEP5 Study Highlights

What follows are some of the major study findings, broken down by geographic units (country, state, county).



Want to Learn More?

To learn more about AEP5 and its findings, check out these resources:

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