NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 711

Subsector 711

NAICS Subsector Code 711 – Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries

Definition of NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 711: Industries in the Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries subsector group establishments that produce or organize and promote live presentations involving the performances of actors and actresses, singers, dancers, musical groups and artists, athletes, and other entertainers, including independent (i.e., freelance) entertainers and the establishments that manage their careers. The classification recognizes four basic processes:

  1. Producing (i.e., presenting) events;
  2. Organizing, managing, and/or promoting events;
  3. Managing and representing entertainers; and
  4. Providing the artistic, creative and technical skills necessary to the production of these live events.

Also, this subsector contains four industries for performing arts companies. Each is defined on the basis of the particular skills of the entertainers involved in the presentations.

The industry structure for this subsector makes a clear distinction between performing arts companies and performing artists (i.e., independent or freelance). Although not unique to arts and entertainment, freelancing is a particularly important phenomenon in this Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries subsector. Distinguishing this activity from the production activity is a meaningful process differentiation. This approach, however, is difficult to implement in the case of musical groups (i.e., companies) and artists, especially pop groups. These establishments tend to be more loosely organized and it can be difficult to distinguish companies from freelancers. For this reason, NAICS includes one industry that covers both musical groups and musical artists.

This subsector contains two industries for Industry Group 7113, Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events, one for those that operate facilities and another for those that do not. This is because there are significant differences in cost structures between those promoters that manage and provide the staff to operate facilities and those that do not. In addition to promoters without facilities, other industries in this subsector include establishments that may operate without permanent facilities. These types of establishments include: performing arts companies; musical groups and artists; spectator sports; and independent (i.e., freelance) artists, writers, and performers.

Excluded from this subsector are nightclubs. Some nightclubs promote live entertainment on a regular basis and it can be argued that they could be classified in Industry Group 7113, Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events. However, since most of these establishments function as any other drinking place when they do not promote entertainment and because most of their revenue is derived from sale of food and beverages, they are classified in Subsector 722, Food Services and Drinking Places.

Three Digit Subsector Breakdown for the North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry, and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If NAICS Subsector 711 does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 71: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
    • Subsector 711: Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
      • Industry Group 7111: Performing Arts Companies
        • Industry 71111: Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711110: Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
        • Industry 71112: Dance Companies
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711120: Dance Companies
        • Industry 71113: Musical Groups and Artists
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711130: Musical Groups and Artists
        • Industry 71119: Other Performing Arts Companies
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711190: Other Performing Arts Companies
      • Industry Group 7112: Spectator Sports
        • Industry 71121: Spectator Sports
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711211: Sports Teams and Clubs
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711212: Racetracks
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711219: Other Spectator Sports
      • Industry Group 7113: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
        • Industry 71131: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711310: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities
        • Industry 71132: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711320: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities
      • Industry Group 7114: Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
        • Industry 71141: Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711410: Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
      • Industry Group 7115: Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
        • Industry 71151: Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 711510: Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers

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