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Report Shows Arts And Culture Have Major Impact On San Diego’s Economy

Report Shows Arts And Culture Have Major Impact On San Diego's Economy

The future of the San Diego Opera may still be up in the air, but a new report shows arts and cultural organizations have a major impact on San Diego's economy.

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The San Diego Opera could close its doors, and the Ken Cinema barely escaped a similar fate. On the heels of these very public problems in the arts community comes an assessment of what arts and cultural institutions contributed to San Diego in fiscal 2013.

Released at a news conference Thursday, the report says nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the region generate much needed jobs and revenue in San Diego's neighborhoods.

Here are some of the findings:

  • Organizations funded by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture received $6,042,338 from Transient Occupancy Tax.
  • 6,516, total jobs supported by arts and culture organizations.
  • $108.8 million, total salaries paid to employees and contractors.
  • $3.1 million, amount of federal, state, county and tribal government funds received to match the city of San Diego's funds.
  • 1.6 million tourists visit arts and culture attractions and businesses

Alan Ziter, co-chair of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the economic impact from the arts is crucial.

“There are 9,600 arts-related and creative industry businesses here in San Diego County that employ 36,000 people, so that means they account for about 5 percent of the total number of businesses here in San Diego County.”

Despite current turmoil with the San Diego Opera and the Ken Cinema, Ziter says community support for arts institutions remains strong.

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