NCA launches UK Arts Index

Bringing together key data about the state of the arts sector’s health, the Arts Index plots trends in ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and public sector funding, as well as other performance measures such as attendance levels for adults and young people, satisfaction levels and the number of people volunteering in the arts.

Produced by the NCA in partnership with Audiences UK, this inaugural Arts Index report summarises data from across three years – 2007/8–2009/10 – and is the first indicator of how the arts sector across the UK is faring since the economic downturn.

Based on the highly influential US Arts index, and providing a ‘state of the nation’ type health-check for the arts sector, the UK Arts Index is expected to become a key source of information for all those working in the arts in the UK – from government, policy makers and funders to arts organisations and individual artists.