California Arts Council

State of California

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August 01, 2012Mary Beth Barber

Five organizations receive grants from the CA Cultural Data Project Research Grant Initiative

Funding provided to examine newly compiled information on the arts and cultural landscape of California

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Five California organizations will utilize data from the California Cultural Data Project for research projects on California's arts and cultural sector through research grants as part of the California Cultural Data Project Working Group Research Grant Initiative. A total of $49,800 was made available for grants making use of data from the California Cultural Data Project.

"The California Cultural Data Project is a powerful tool not only for arts funders and nonprofit organizations, but also for researchers seeking information about California's cultural sector," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "These five organizations will be able to explore aspects of California's arts field that have never been examined before by looking at the Cultural Data Project information, and provide quality insight based on hard data."

Prior to the existence of the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and the California Cultural Data Project (California CDP), many analysts noted that consolidated data on the nonprofit arts and cultural fields was difficult to employ in a research capacity. Researchers have more recently been able to utilize CDP data for reports, such as the report California's Arts and Cultural Ecology published in September 2011 by The James Irvine Foundation. The intent of the California Cultural Data Project Working Group Research Grant Initiative is for more research and insight to be made available based on California CDP data.

The organizations that received funding for projects from the California Cultural Data Project Working Group Research Grant Initiative are:

About the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and the California CDP

The Cultural Data Project is an online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. Individual nonprofit cultural organizations participate at no cost by filling out the CDP Data Profile, an 11-section online form that participating arts and cultural organizations complete at the end of each fiscal year.  The types of data collected include basic organizational information, revenue, expense, marketing activity, balance sheet items, investments, loans and a wide range of non-financial information (including contributor and attendance numbers, facilities, pricing, capital and endowment campaigns, program activity and staffing). This standardized form, used by thousands of organizations, will allow for accurate comparisons across regions.

The CDP was launched in Pennsylvania by the Pew Charitable Trusts as a statewide, web-based data collection system for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in 2004; California adopted the CDP in 2008. Currently twelve other states have implemented the CDP, and the CDP plans to be in operation in as many as 22 states by the end of 2014, engaging up to 70 percent of all cultural organizations throughout the country that apply for public and/or private funding.

This unique system allows users to track their own financial and programmatic performance over time and to benchmark themselves against comparable organizations in specific disciplines, geographic regions and budget sizes. Funding organizations participate in the CDP by creating streamlined reports from the organizations' Data Profiles as part of a grant application process. The CDP is an emerging national model for data collection for the arts and cultural sector, and currently 42 California cultural funders participate in the California CDP.

About the California Cultural Data Project Working Group

The California Cultural Data Project Working Group (California CDP Working Group) is comprised of representatives from the following institutions: California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Boeing Company, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. The California CDP Working Group and the Cultural Data Project created the guidelines for this research grant program.

Members of the media interested in more information about the California Arts Council's work with the California Cultural Data Project may contact Mary Beth Barber, Information Officer, at 916-322-6588 or Information about the California Cultural Data Project may be found at, and information on the principal Cultural Data Project may be found at For more information on the California Arts Council, please go to .

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Susan Steinhauser, and Rosalind Wyman.

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