Columbus Ticket Fee Proposal

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Columbus and Franklin County have rapidly gained stature as Ohio’s most successful community, the heart of a premier Midwestern and national region. The presence of non-profit arts and culture and professional sports and entertainment attractions here is a major reason. These dynamic sectors of our economy and community are responsible for thousands of jobs, billions in economic benefits, endless opportunities for children and youth, and critical energy for our quality of life.

But these two sectors, vibrant as they are, need additional public investment to prevent the erosion of quality offerings and facilities. Multiple studies have indicated the need for more public funding in the arts, including the Funding Review and Advisory Council (FRAC) convened by Mayor Coleman in 2012. During the past five years we have engaged in a continuous process of study and planning, alongside work and engagement with others in the community in pursuit of a fair and viable solution to successfully address the problem and prepare us for the next 25 years of growth in Columbus.

That’s why Columbus City Council is being asked by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority to consider a 7% fee on tickets and admissions sold in the City of Columbus. On this page you’ll find more information about our efforts to-date, along with talking points, research and media coverage.

If you have questions, please contact Jami Goldstein at

GCAC Ticket Fee Proposal

Ticket Fee proposal press release

Community support letter to city council

City of Columbus Proposed Arts Admissions Fee survey


Key Points

Frequently Asked Questions

One-Minute Message

Media Coverage

Don Brown on Should the city of Columbus impose a ticket fee? Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 28, 2018

Editorial: Columbus Ticket Tax deserves support but not in its current form, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 21, 2018

4 arts nonprofits share their budgets – and what they’d do if they get more funding, Columbus Business First, Oct. 11, 2018

From the editor: Ticket tax plan isn’t perfect but it would benefit Columbus, Columbus Business First, Sept. 21, 2018

Letter to the editor: Tax would preserve our quality of life, Jim Sweeney, The Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 20, 2018

Letter to the editor: Protect investment with the user fee, Jeff Mathes, The Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 26, 2018

Columbus’ thriving arts sector, vibrant facilities and arena are worth a ticket fee, Columbus Business First, Sept. 21, 2018

Just the Ticket, Columbus CEO, September 2018

Letters to the Editor, “Bed-tax dollars don’t go to Arena,” Sally Bloomfield and “More funding of arts will help city thrive,” Mark Corna, August 12, 2018

Selling the Ticket Tax, Columbus Business First, August 3, 2018

Nationwide Arena trails competitors in spending on renovations, The Columbus Dispatch, June 24, 2018

Nationwide Arena juggles repair projects while awaiting fate of ticket tax, The Columbus Dispatch, May 28, 2018

Arts need more public support, Nick Akins letter to the Editor, The Columbus Dispatch, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

EDITORIAL: Healthy arts, arena are worth ticket fee, The Columbus Dispatch, February 2, 2018

Arts Council pitching plan for more public dollars through city, county, Columbus Business First, January 30, 2018

‘User fee’ on ticket sales would benefit Columbus arts groups, The Columbus Dispatch, January 26, 2018

EDITORIAL: Local arts mean business, The Columbus Dispatch, Monday, August 14, 2017

Other related resources

Contact information for public officials

2018 Public Forum Presentation

Video of our three free public forums are posted on our Facebook page

Ohio Revised Code re: Admissions

Per capita comparison graph

Examples of Ohio and peer city ticket fees

Admissions tax research

Great museums seem to matter for the locations on the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2, The Washington Post, April 20, 2018

Arts & Economic Prosperity V

Arts Council 2018 Interim Report

Arts Council 2017 Final Report

The Creative Industries in Franklin County, OH, American for the Arts, 2017

The 2018 Ohio Creative Industries Report, Center for Regional Development, Bowling Green State University

Public Revenue Sources Considered to Provide Sustainability Support to Columbus Arts and Culture

Citations for arts and community studies, 2006-2018