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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Overview of the U.S. Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Arts, Entertainment & Recreation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

market size 2018
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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Child Day Care Services

Admissions To Live Performing Arts Performances

Admissions To Live Sports Events

Contract Live Performing Arts Performances

Contract Live Sporting Events

Sale Of Paintings, Sculptures, And Other Fine Arts

Admissions To Cultural Institutions

Support Services For Production Of Audiovisual Works And Studio Sound Recordings

Traveling Exhibits

Guided Tours And Educative Services

School Visits, Children's Parties, And Similar Children's Programs

Contract Performing Arts Performances For Film And Television

Amusement And Recreational Services

Golf Course And Country Club Services

Fitness And Recreational Sports Center Services

Pleasure Craft Docking, Launching, Storage, And Utilities Services

Registration For Sports Tournaments And Matches

Admissions To Amusement Parks, Arcades, And Family Entertainment Centers

Coin-Operated Games And Rides

Carnival Games And Rides

Mechanical Rides And Attractions

Water Rides And Attractions

Other Amusement Park And Arcade Rides, Games, And Attractions

Table Wagering Games

Gambling Machines

Pari-Mutuel Sports Gambling


Advertising Revenues

Representation Services

Career Management Services

Fine Arts And Theatrical Performance Instruction

Athletic Instruction

Race Animal Training

Corporate And Party Event Services

Hunting And Fishing Guide Services

Spa Services

Amateur Sports Team And Club Services

Sporting Event Broadcast And Other Media Rights

Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property - Protected By Trademark

Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property - Protected By Copyright

Outright Sale Of Intellectual Property Protected By Copyright

Contract Production Services For Intellectual Property Protected By Copyright, Excluding Live Performing Arts

Sports And Performing Arts Event Management Services

Maintenance And Repair - Sports And Recreation Equipment

Membership Services

Parking Services

Other Personal Services

Room Or Unit Accommodation For Travelers

Meals And Beverages, Prepared And Served Or Dispensed, For Immediate Consumption

Rental Or Lease Of Goods And/Or Equipment

Rental Of Non-Residential Space In Buildings Or Other Facilities

Hosting Of Coin-Operated Machines

Resale Of Merchandise

All Other Receipts

Contributions, Gifts, And Grants - Government

Contributions, Gifts, And Grants - Private

Investment Income, Including Interest And Dividends

Gains (Losses) From Assets Sold (Report Losses By Including A Dash Prior To The Dollar Amount.)

All Other Revenue

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map of Arts, Entertainment & Recreation by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Arts, Entertainment & Recreation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Arts, Entertainment & Recreation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 5%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 7%
Business Operations Specialists 6%
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 37%
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 37%
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5%
Librarians, Curators, and Archivists 9%
Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians 8%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 27%
Art and Design Workers 15%
Artists and Related Workers 13%
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 7%
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers 18%
Actors, Producers, and Directors 5%
Actors 8%
Producers and Directors 6%
Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers 12%
Athletes and Sports Competitors 6%
Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers 6%
Musicians and Singers 5%
Media and Communication Workers 14%
Writers and Editors 8%
Writers and Authors 7%
Media and Communication Equipment Workers 9%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators 6%
Protective Service Occupations 8%
Other Protective Service Workers 7%
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers 7%
Security Guards 6%
Miscellaneous Protective Service Workers 6%
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers 6%
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6%
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers 6%
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 8%
Fast Food and Counter Workers 6%
Waiters and Waitresses 5%
Waiters and Waitresses 5%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 6%
Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers 6%
Building Cleaning Workers 6%
Grounds Maintenance Workers 6%
Grounds Maintenance Workers 6%
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 6%
Personal Care and Service Occupations 17%
Supervisors of Personal Care and Service Workers 6%
First-Line Supervisors of Gaming Workers 5%
Animal Care and Service Workers 7%
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 6%
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 6%
Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers 13%
Gaming Services Workers 22%
Gaming Dealers 18%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 8%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers 8%
Miscellaneous Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers 12%
Amusement and Recreation Attendants 11%
Tour and Travel Guides 9%
Tour and Travel Guides 9%
Tour Guides and Escorts 9%
Other Personal Care and Service Workers 15%
Childcare Workers 7%
Childcare Workers 7%
Recreation and Fitness Workers 12%
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10%
Sales and Related Occupations 6%
Retail Sales Workers 5%
Cashiers 7%
Cashiers 7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11%
Information and Record Clerks 7%
Receptionists and Information Clerks 5%
Receptionists and Information Clerks 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 14%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 14%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 12%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 14%
Office Clerks, General 12%
Office Clerks, General 12%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5%
Material Moving Workers 8%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 8%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 8%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • King Show Games trademarks "MY SUPER SWEET TOOTH" - Slot machines; Electronic gaming machines - 01/08/2018
  • Minnesota Vikings Football trademarks "BRING IT HOME" - Education and entertainment services in the nature of professional football games and exhibitions; presentation of live shows featuring football games, football exhibitions, football competitions, and musical and dance performances; providing sports and entertainment information via a global computer network or a commercial on-line computer service; organizing sporting events and sporting exhibitions in the nature of football; entertainment services - 01/06/2018
  • Pinehurst trademarks "THE PINEHURST BREWING COMPANY" - Hats - 01/06/2018
  • Bent Image Lab patents Accurate Positioning Of Augmented Reality Content - 01/04/2018
  • Ecotech Marine patents Foot Spa Tub Pump And Method - 01/04/2018
  • Full-Swing Golf patents Method And Apparatus For Simulated Golf - 01/04/2018
  • Tuckaway Country Club raises $1 million in funding. - 11/28/2017
  • Polarityte raises $2 million in funding. - 09/26/2017
  • ClassPass raises $12 million in funding. - 08/04/2017

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Wms Industries1790
    Konami Gaming1058
    Gamblit Gaming337
    World Wrestling Entertainment
    Nba Properties

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Weekend events for Lane County and beyond, Jan. 13-14 - Several snow trips are scheduled this winter through the city of Eugene recreation. Each trip includes a pre-trip ... Aloha Friday begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, with a social hour and then entertainment from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Whirled Pies Downtown ... (01/13/2018)
    • 9 Events for Your Martin Luther King Jr. Day - When: Jan. 14, 6 p.m. Where: Bowie Center for Performing Arts, Bowie, Maryland The musical celebration ... entrance and continue along Martin Luther King Avenue to Barry Farm Recreation Center. The celebration of King’s legacy will feature several ... (01/12/2018)
    • Community Pillars session to highlight safety, economy and jobs - More concise updates will be provided for the other seven pillars — housing, education, wellness, transportation, community engagement, green (environmentally sustainability) and arts, entertainment and recreation. Community Pillars forums began seven ... (01/12/2018)
    • What's up in Burnaby? New arts and entertainment listings for Jan. 12 and beyond - To Saturday, Jan. 28 Arts Council of New Westminster presents works from the ... raising money for the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Bands, with dinner, entertainment (Highland dancing, pipes and drums), reading of Burns’ poetry and more. (01/12/2018)
    • Local travel briefs - NO BORDERS: Recreation Without Borders offers recreational trips ... Get full access to the Skagit Valley Herald's award-winning news and sports coverage, as well as arts and entertainment, opinions and more. Subscribe today! (01/11/2018)
    • Despite Apapa gridlock, manufacturers’ purchasing level expands - Fifteen of the 18 non-manufacturing subsectors recorded growth. in the following order: arts, entertainment & recreation; agriculture; transportation & warehousing; utilities; water supply, sewage & waste management; finance & insurance; health care ... (01/10/2018)
    • Nutley Parks and Recreation Department Kicks Off 2018 With New Programs - NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off 2018 with sports, networking and a battle against cancer. Readers can always find the latest registration and event information in the new Nutley Parks and Recreation Department column ... (01/03/2018)
    • From cycling to paddleboarding, scouting to shopping, outdoor recreation grew - They went whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing and bouldering, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX riding, shooting guns and bows, zip lining, ATV riding, and hearing a range of entertainment ... Huntington Park and Recreation District, which ... (12/31/2017)
    • Arts, entertainment leaders chime in on their wishes for Aberdeen - Here's a rundown of some of the more noteworthy arts and entertainment happenings of 2017 ... the grand remodeled room is on the second floor of the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center. It's a facility that's uses are still being identified ... (12/20/2017)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $88,201,918 on Arts, Entertainment & Recreation. It has awarded 4,623 contracts to 1,214 companies, with an average value of $72,654 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount