Income of funded arts and culture organizations in England 2015-2018, by type

This statistic shows the income generated by arts and cultural organizations regularly funded by Arts Council England in financial years 2015/16 and 2017/18, split by income type. Compared to 2015/16, the level of income earned by arts organizations through their own trading and activities has increased, from 850 million to 894 million British pounds in 2017/18.
Arts Council England is the national development agency providing government and lottery funding for the arts in England.

Income of Arts Council funded organizations in England in financial year 2015/16 and 2017/18, by income type*

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Release date

October 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

Financial year 2015/16 to 2017/18

Number of respondents

608 respondents

Special properties

Arts organisations and museums in receipt of regular funding from Arts Council England

Supplementary notes

* Based on all arts organizations and museums receiving regular funding from Arts Council England (n = 608 organizations; constant sample used for comparison purposes).

Definitions according to the source are as follows:
Earned income: All income generated by the organizations own artistic, educational and supplementary activitiy, including trading income and bank interest.
Arts Council England subsidy includes both government and lottery funding.
Contributed income: Includes sponsorships from business organizations, income from corporate membership schemes, trusts or foundations and the general public (where no benefit is received in return).
Local authority subsidy: All subsidies received from local authorities including revenue and project funding (not capital projects).
Other public subsidy: All other public sources including grants from universities, research bodies and other arts funding bodies, development corporation funding and revenue direct from central and/or European governments (not capital projects).

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