National Center for Arts Research Staffing Report
The National Center for Arts Research put out a new Staffing Report. The report highlights the relationship between full-time arts staff and the number of people they serve.
An average of 3,547 people attend for each full-time employee. That is the relationship between an overall average of 38,741 attendees and 11 full-time staff members annually.
The smaller the organization, the higher its Visitor-to-Staff Index. As organizations grow they add paid staff and become less reliant on volunteers. For many organizations this means increasing the reliability and skill-level of its labor force and the ability to expand programs and capacity to reach more people in the community.
Organizations need to balance the desire to serve more people with an adequate level of staff capacity to do so well and avoid employee burn-out.
What about Orchestras?
According to the Staffing Report, symphony orchestras are right on the average with an average of 30,768 attendees and 11 full-time staff members annually.
Orchestras, along with theaters, opera companies, and general performing arts centers, all attract quite similar levels of annual in-person attendance, but they do so with quite a range of full-time staff sizes, reflecting differences in operating models.
Click here for more information or to view the report.
With the launch of the Staffing Report, ACSO executive director Mitch Menchaca guest-posted on the importance of developing our staff to build their capacity and our organizations. Click here to read the post.