In 2015 The Wallace Foundation launched a six-year initiative, Building Audiences for Sustainability, which is providing support and funding to 26 outstanding performing arts organizations across the United States to develop, implement, analyze and learn from new audience-building practices.
Americans for the Arts provides arts researchers, advocates, administrators, patrons, and the general public access to the most current information on research regarding arts policy and practice.
CPANDA, the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive, is the world's first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. Its core mission is to acquire, archive, document, and preserve high quality data sets on key topics in arts and cultural policy, and make them available in a user-friendly format to scholars, journalists, policy makers, artists, cultural organizations, and the public.
GuideStar is the most complete source of information about U.S. nonprofits. Their searchable database of 1.8 million IRS-recognized organizations to engineered for benchmarking your own nonprofit's performance, researching the field, and more. GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.
The Research Division at the National Endowment for the Arts provides reports, notes, and brochures that describe current trends in the arts through original research and statistical analysis. These documents range from detailed reports to short summaries to fold-out pamphlets that describe findings in bullet points, graphics, or highlights.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, houses the world's most extensive combination of circulating and non-circulating reference and research materials on music, dance, theater, recorded sound, and other performing arts. The Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters, and photographs.
The Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies was founded in 1994 to improve the clarity, accuracy, and sophistication of discourse about the nation's artistic and cultural life. Its programs and activities are designed to create an infrastructure of well-trained scholars who have access to regularly collected information about cultural organizations, activities, and providers, and produce timely research and analysis on key topics in arts and cultural policy.
RAND's research in the arts provides data and analysis to policymakers, arts practitioners, and the academic community. RAND's findings are shared broadly as a public service. RAND is committed to a range of critical issues of particular relevance to the public policy debate.
The Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) provides data and information in service of artists and the arts. The RCAC's studies examine the situation of the living artist in America, shedding light on such issues as the complex challenges facing dancers as they transition out of their performance careers, the communities and support structures that sustain jazz musicians, and the imperiled legacy of our nation's aging artists. In addition, the RCAC conducts research into cultural policy and public spaces to labor relations and the law.