Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) Project


About HEADS

The Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) Project is a joint effort of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance. The HEADS Project is designed to provide comprehensive management data on the arts in higher education.

The HEADS Project, officially established in 1982, is a statistics system that gathers and compiles data from member and non-member institutions. Compiled data is published annually in the form of HEADS Data Summaries. Participation in the project is mandatory as part of the annual reporting requirements for institutional members of the National Association of Schools of Music.

HEADS Data Summaries

Statistical summaries compiled from the Annual Reports (Data Surveys) of NASM member institutions and other participating music units are available from the Higher Education Arts Data Services (HEADS) Project. HEADS Data Summaries provide information on enrollment, faculty numbers and salaries, administration processes, budget, a series of comparative ratios, and other operational information. Most data is reported by size and type of institution.

HEADS Special Reports

HEADS Special Reports are charts from the HEADS Data Summaries populated with data from a specified group of institutions. These reports allow for a comparison of peer data as opposed to the aggregate presentation found in the Data Summaries. For further information regarding how to order HEADS Special Reports, please click here.

For further information or to participate in the HEADS project, please click here.