1. Glossary
  2. operating costs

operating costs

Operating costs pay for items and people to generate the ongoing activities of the business. Typical operating costs of arts organizations and groups include items such as: 

  • Artistic, technical and administrative personnel
  • Marketing and fundraising personnel and materials
  • Employee benefits
  • Professional services (e.g. accountants, payroll services)
  • Phone, internet, web hosting, yearly domain registration
  • Facility rent, property taxes, utilities
  • Property and liability insurance
  • Annual depreciation or amortization costs related to capital expenditures

 [related definitions: Capital Expenditures, Direct Project Costs]