The California Cultural Data Project


The California Cultural Data Project is an online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This unique system helps participating organizations track their financial and programmatic performance over time and benchmark their progress against themselves and their peers through sophisticated reporting tools. Applicants to the Hewlett Foundation's Performing Arts Program must create a California Cultural Data Project profile to be eligible for consideration for funding.

Mission of the California Cultural Data Project

The California Cultural Data Project's mission is to strengthen arts and culture in America by collecting and sharing comprehensive, high-quality data about the arts. This information has three important benefits:

  • It helps arts and cultural organizations improve their financial management and the services they provide to their communities.
  • It enables researchers, advocates, and policymakers to better tell the story of the sector's assets, contributions, and needs.
  • It helps funders more effectively plan for and evaluate their grantmaking activities.

The California Cultural Data Project empowers participating organizations, researchers, and advocates with data to make the case for arts and culture, as reported by the organizations themselves. More than 3,500 cultural organizations in California have begun using the Cultural Data Project, and more than forty California funders are participating.

How to Participate

To get started with the California Cultural Data Project, visit its website at today, call 866-922-5237, or email Create an account by clicking on New User Registration.

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