San Francisco, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts is an economic boon for the local economy, generating hundreds of jobs for local and millions in revenue for local businesses.
According to a new study authored by by San Francisco State University, the 2011 Outside Lands fest sold more than 180,000 tickets, added 683 full-time equivalent jobs and had a positive impact on the local economy to the tune of $60,641,880.
In addition to the festival’s overall economic impact, every year since the festival’s inauguration in 2008, Outside Lands organizers have donated an annual percentage of ticket revenue to San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department. More than $1.45 million was given to SFRD in 2011, for a total of more than $4.36 million over four years.
"Each year Outside Lands contributes more than a million dollars to support San Francisco’s parks, which has helped keep our parks beautiful and our recreation centers open," said Phil Ginsburg General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. "These funds, coupled with the extensive measures festival promoters make to protect Golden Gate Park make Outside Lands a great partner in maintaining the City’s parks."
The three-day festival, produced by Another Planet Entertainment and Superfly Presents has been held annually for the past four years in the city’s famous Golden Gate Park. Last year’s fest featured a lineup that included Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, The Shins, MGMT, Girl Talk, The Decemberists, and John Fogerty among numerous others. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers