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8697.0 - Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 Quality Declaration 
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Summary of Operations

Income

Performances


SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS

At the end of June 2007, there were 145 performing arts venue operators in Australia. These businesses/organisations:

  • Operated 189 separate venues which contained 271 performing arts spaces
  • Generated a total income of $494.4m.
  • Employed 5,876 people at the end of June 2007.

Of the 189 venues, 109 (57.7%) were located in capital cities and suburban areas, 49 (25.9%) in major regional areas and 30 (15.9%) in other regional areas.

In addition to paid employees, there were 1,935 volunteers during the month of June 2007.

Total industry value added by these businesses/organisations was $206.7m.

INCOME

During 2006-07, performing arts venue operators generated a total income of $494.4m.

The graph below shows that two main sources of income were government funding ($165.7m) and rent, leasing and hiring ($117.9m) which represented 33.5% and 23.8% of total income respectively. The main providers of government funding were Federal or state/territory arts departments or agencies (75% of total government funding or $124.2m) and local government (22.1% or $36.6m).

Sources of income(a), Performing arts venue operation
Graph: Sources of income(a), Performing arts venue operation


Other sources included box office income of $81.3m (16.4%), sales of goods of $46.6m (9.4%), and fundraising income of $13.9m (2.8%).

PERFORMANCES

There were 20,819 performances with paid admissions held in performing arts venues during 2006-07. The graph below shows that drama performances (29.6% or 6,153) accounted for the largest share of total performances, followed by musical theatre performances (14.6% or 3,037), popular music (14.2% or 2,950) and dance (11.6% or 2,408).

Performances with paid admissions by type of performance(a), Performing arts venue operation
Graph: Performances with paid admissions by type of performance(a), Performing arts venue operation



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