Answered By: Meghan Dolan
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2019     Views: 25

Field Course: Arts & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Where should I start my research on arts and cultural organizations? 



Organization overviews 

Guidestar Pro
Information about the missions, programs, and finances of IRS-recognized organizations, including public charities, private foundations, and nonprofit trade associations.

Charity Navigator
Ratings of nonprofits based on their Accountability & Transparency and Financial Health. 


Provides a wide range of statistics on the arts sector. To begin, search by specific keywords or use the search term "arts and culture industry" and scroll through the results or narrow the list using the filters on the left. 

Research Reports

Americans for the Arts
Featured reports include "Americans Speak About the Arts", "Creative Industries Report" and "Arts and Economic Prosperity". Note that national level reports are freely available, but more granular geographic reports may not be freely available.

Conference Board
Reports on key issues in business management and economics. Includes the surveys "Business Contributions to the Arts" and "Giving in Numbers".

SMU DataArts
Find reports including "Arts Vibrancy" (includes a heat map), "Working Capital" and "The Expense Report".


News/Journal Articles

News from thousands of national and local newspapers, magazines,  trade publications and transcripts. Includes full-text access to the New York Times. 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
News and views of the nonprofit sector.

The Financial Times
The Financial Times is one of the leading international business dailies. Harvard affiliates may register for an individual account to

The Wall Street Journal
Business news coverage for everything from arts to politics to technology. accounts are now available to current Harvard University faculty, staff and students.


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