First, Maryland ranks third in the U.S. for funding for the arts, following only Minnesota and Hawaii. This is not completely an altruistic gesture. According to the Maryland State Arts Council, the arts in Maryland generate $1.4 billion in tourism and economic development, account for over 17,600 jobs, and almost $60 million in state and local tax revenue. Statewide, every dollar spent on the arts generates $4.12 in other economic development activity, including money spent at local restaurants, hotels and shops. The national average for event-related spending is $47.57 per person.