The nonprofit arts sector is a $557.1 million industry in Wake County, a new study shows. Local nonprofit arts groups spent $179.1 million in 2015, and their audiences spent $378 million, according to a study by Arts & Economic Prosperity, a research firm based in Washington, D.C. Most of the money was spent in Raleigh. Nonprofit arts groups in the city spent $167 million in 2015 – more than double the median amount spent by cities of similar size. The spending generated nearly $532 million for the local economy.
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