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Mayor Landrieu Releases Report on Cultural Economy

April 25, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA— Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the “2013 New Orleans Cultural Economy Snapshot,” an in-depth analysis of the value of the City’s cultural economy.

As Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee (TAPES), Mayor Landrieu released the report during the special committee meeting to mayors representing 9 cities from around the U.S. and convening in New Orleans this week.

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The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy produced the first snapshot of the New Orleans cultural economy in 2010. The 2013 report affirms the centrality of indigenous arts and culture in New Orleans and draws connections between policy, programming, and progress for this important economic engine.

 “The 2013 report clearly states the importance of the cultural economy to our city,” said Mayor Landrieu. “There are thousands of business owners, artists, producers and innovators working in this sector– they represent a significant economic engine here and around the world.”

The report is a comprehensive analysis which quantifies all aspects of the cultural economy in New Orleans: individual artists/producers/originators, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations and community-based organizations.

The cultural economy in New Orleans, as originally defined in the 2005 report Louisiana: Where Culture Means Business, consists of six segments: Culinary Arts, Design, Entertainment, Literary Arts and Humanities, Preservation, and Visual Arts and Crafts.

In New Orleans, 34,198 jobs, or 13.7% of the total workforce, are directly employed in the cultural economy. The cultural economy is the second largest sector of employment in New Orleans after tourism, with cultural workers making $1.2 billion in wages in 2013.

Highlights of the report include the following:

  • The cultural sector was one of the few industries to experience positive employment growth (13.3%) between 2002 and 2013.
  • New Orleans’ cultural businesses have added jobs each and every year, and jobs have now exceeded the 2004 high.
  • The number of jobs in motion picture and video production increased from 286 in 2002 to 2,326 in 2013. Most film workers fill 2 or more of these jobs each year. Including actors, there are 1,294 film workers in the New Orleans region in 2013, an increase of 17% over the 1,103 workers counted in 2012.
  • There were 1,587 cultural businesses in New Orleans in 2013.
  • $1.2 billion in wages were paid to New Orleans cultural workers via cultural businesses in 2013, up 4% from 2012.
  • The city collected $76 million in sales taxes from cultural businesses, up 23% from 2012 and representing an estimated 44% of all sales tax revenues to the city in 2013.
  • The city hosted 60 feature film and television tax credit projects in 2013, a 62% increase from 2010.
  • Local spending of film projects is estimated at $457 million for the New Orleans Region, a 25% increase from 2010.
  • New Orleans’ 117 live entertainment venues hosted 29,000 gigs in 2013.
  • New Orleans presented 136 festivals attended by an estimated 4.1 million people in 2013. This is a 28% increase in estimated attendance from 2010.
  • In 2013, the city’s museums hosted 760,000 visitors, sold $9.5 million in tickets and paid over $15 million in local payroll to 450 employees.

“This report is a comprehensive, detailed assessment of our city’s cultural economy,” said Scott Hutcheson, the Mayor’s Advisor for Cultural Economy. “For the fourth year in a row we are able to use sound data to show the incredible value of this aspect of our city’s fabric – indeed the very heartbeat of what makes New Orleans a great place to live, work and visit.”  



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