The Arts and Economics: Opportunities Missed, Misunderstood, and Minimalized

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
The Arts and Economics: Opportunities Missed, Misunderstood, and Minimalized

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American culture, from movies and fast food to popular music and blue A jeans, is being assimilated around the world. They are the dominant creators and distributors of a mass culture that is a global phenomenon. For most Americans, however, the economic enormity of the country's cultural exports is invisible and easily ignored. The arts industry in the United States is enormous and lucrative, creating thousands of jobs and contributing to economic prosperity in significant, if almost unrivaled ways. The American artistic workforce is formidable and pervasive. However, many parents persist in discouraging their children from taking up an artistic profession because they believe that the arts provide little monetary reward and lack stability and prestige. Unfortunately, the arts are not appreciated for their economic strength. In the public mind, they pale in comparison to the importance accorded to the sciences.

Keywords: United States; mass culture; arts; children; economics; popular music; movies

Chapter.  3816 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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