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Originally published Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Economy takes toll on arts groups, survey says

A majority of local arts organizations say ticket sales and contributions are falling, and more than half of the groups are cutting expenses, according to a survey being released today.

A majority of local arts organizations say ticket sales and contributions are falling, and more than half of the groups are cutting expenses, according to a survey being released today on the impact of current economic conditions on arts groups.

The survey of 81 King and Pierce county arts groups was conducted by ArtsFund, a nonprofit created in 1969 to raise money from corporations and their employees to give to the arts.

Among the key findings regarding the largest groups in the survey:

• A third report sharp declines of 10 or more percent in corporate giving and annual-fund giving from individuals.

• A quarter of the groups report subscriptions have fallen off 10 percent.

• Two in five groups are scaling back or cutting programs altogether.

• A majority have put expansion plans on hold.

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