Arts Index 2019 – Coming Soon!

The Arts Index is a snapshot report of the health of England’s arts and culture provision, pulling together data across 20 key indicators (from public participation to West End revenues).

A decade on from when we published the first Arts Index, the latest edition, covering 2007-18, will be launched on 23 March.

The NCA recognises that the arts ecology can never simply be reduced to a set of figures; assessing the health of any organism is complex. But policymakers need to know what’s happening. They need independent and objective analysis. The Arts Index provides it.

This latest edition provides an opportunity to understand the impact a decade of austerity has had on England’s arts and culture, how resilient the sector is and what the trends and forecasts are as we enter another decade of great change.

To launch our latest findings, we’ve teamed up with Kings College London and the Creative Industries Federation, and the Index will hit the Press on Monday 23rd March.

In the meantime, if you would like to take a look at the most recent Arts Index, you can do so here.

Like what you see? Then help us produce the next Arts Index by donating now…

The NCA is a small charity, run almost entirely by volunteers who donate huge amounts of time and expertise because they believe in our work. Together, we do all of the NCA’s fundraising, design work, financial management and a lot of the project management – all for free.

We have to pay for some expenses that come with running a charity – accountant’s fees for instance – but most of our spending goes on direct campaigning costs, such as producing the Arts Index, running our Hearts for the Arts awards which champion local authority investment in the arts, or hosting this website.

We’re a really lean organisation, but even so, to keep our campaigning work going we rely on donations from people who care about the arts. People like you, or the people around you.
So, if you think that public investment in the arts is a good thing, and want to help protect it, please think about donating to the NCA.

  • With a small monthly donation of just £3 you can become a Registered Supporter, helping us spread the message that the arts are worth funding and fighting for.
  • For a little more – from £7 per month – you can join one of our Supporter tiers to help us shout louder. You’ll be supporting the specific campaigns and activities that provoke action from those who decide where our taxes are invested.
    And because our overheads are so small you can be sure that your support will go directly towards project costs, and not be swallowed up into some big corporate machine.

Want to make a difference, and help us shout more loudly about the arts? That’s brilliant. Thank you! Head to our support us page now to seal the deal. Joining is easy, and you can pay annually or monthly, whichever is best for you.

Thanks again!