Greater Philadelphia's Competitive Edge: The Nonprofit Culture Industry and its Economic Value to the Region

Understanding how Greater Philadelphia’s nonprofit cultural community contributes to our economy is a vital tool in building our economic future. As plans for Philadelphia's new $245 million performing arts center move forward, the region's art organizations and audiences look forward to the cultural impact of the project.


The Regional Arts and Culture Economic Initiative – a task force of regional private sector leadership—was formed in 1997 to take on this challenge, and their findings are presented in this report.