Research Resources


Americans for the Arts: Information and Services: Research

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: Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive

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.

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University

The Curb Center seeks to improve the cultural life of the nation by identifying new models and approaches for nurturing art and art making in order to improve the quality of life of citizens.  The Center conducts independent research, sponsors meetings and lectures, and publishes articles and books that address pressing concerns within the field of art, media, and entertainment.

GuideStar

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.

National Endowment for the Arts, Research Division

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.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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.

Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies

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 Corporation: The Arts

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, National Center for Creative Aging

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.

Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center

The Wallace Knowledge Center offers credible, useful knowledge that can help policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and concerned citizens make progress in the fields in which they work. It is at the core of Wallace’s effort to share ideas and practices that can help organizations expand opportunities for people. A variety of documents are available for free, such as national surveys, summaries of field knowledge, and practical guides.