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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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FINANCIAL DATA

Figures from the 2006-07 Survey of Performing Arts indicate that just under half the income received by performing arts operation organisations came from box office takings (49%). Governments were responsible for providing a further 24% of income, 9% came from contract performance fees, while 7% was obtained through fundraising. Governments provided funding of $170.2m to not-for-profit performing arts operation organisations in 2006-07, or 98% of all government funds to performing arts operation organisations. In contrast, for-profit organisations reported $29.8m in revenue from sales of goods, or 88% of all revenue from this source.

12.6 PERFORMING ARTS OPERATION ORGANISATIONS, Income received - 2006-07

For-profit
Not-for-profit
Total

Organisations at end June no.
381
345
726
Box office income $m
191.1
164.9
356.0
Contract performance fees received $m
41.7
24.5
66.2
Sales of goods $m
29.8
4.2
34.0
Royalties $m
5.7
1.8
7.4
Rent, leasing and hiring $m
1.8
5.6
7.4
Government funding $m
3.7
170.2
173.8
Fundraising $m
3.1
50.7
53.8
Interest $m
1.9
6.7
8.6
Other $m
7.2
18.9
26.1
Total income $m
286.0
447.5
733.4

Source: Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).



Organisations most reliant on government funding were those involved in symphony and choral performances (47% of total income) and dance production (36%). By contrast, organisations involved in popular music performances received less than 2% of their income from governments. Other music and theatre production and drama production both received more than half of their income from the box office in 2006-07 (61% and 55% respectively).

12.7 PERFORMING ARTS OPERATION ORGANISATIONS, Income by type - 2006-07

Box office income
Government funding
Other
Total income
$m
$m
$m
$m

Popular music performance
24.3
0.9
30.5
55.8
Symphony and choral performance
48.3
78.6
41.4
168.2
Drama production
83.8
33.7
34.4
151.8
Dance production
21.0
23.5
20.9
65.4
Other music and theatre production
178.7
37.1
76.4
292.2
Total
356.0
173.8
203.5
733.4

Source: Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).



Performing arts operation organisations incurred expenses of $682.7m in 2006-07. Over a third (37%) of these were labour costs, primarily wages and salaries, with another 11% being rent, leasing and hiring expenses. Labour costs accounted for 22% of expenses for for-profit organisations and 47% for not-for-profit organisations. Of the $23.1m paid in royalties, 56% was paid to Australian organisations and individuals while 44% went overseas.

12.8 PERFORMING ARTS OPERATION ORGANISATIONS, Expenses - 2006-07

For-profit
Not-for-profit
Total

Organisations at end June no.
381
345
726
Labour costs $m
56.3
198.9
255.2
Contract payments to performers/artists and artistic support $m
21.8
35.5
57.3
Contract payments for productions $m
2.4
5.0
7.4
Other contract, subcontract and commission expenses $m
15.8
15.8
31.6
Rent, leasing and hiring $m
33.9
38.9
72.9
Advertising, marketing and promotion $m
22.5
32.5
55.0
Travel, accommodation and entertainment $m
19.1
26.2
45.2
Purchases $m
17.5
13.8
31.3
Royalties paid to businesses/organisations/individuals $m
14.6
8.5
23.1
Other $m
53.1
50.6
103.5
Total $m
257.1
425.6
682.7

Source: Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).



The 2006-07 ABS Performing Arts Survey also provides information on performing arts venue operation organisations. These businesses are mainly engaged in operating venues for the presentation and rehearsal of performing arts. During 2006-07, the 145 organisations in the performing arts venue industry generated income of $494.4m. The two main sources of income for these businesses were government funding ($165.7m) and rent, leasing and hiring income ($117.9m).

Respondents to the ABS survey of Performing Arts Festivals reported income of $88.5m in 2002-03 derived largely from three sources - ticket sales ($27.2m), government funding ($27.0m) and fundraising ($24.3m). This compares with their expenditure for the year of $82.8m, including $16.6m for contract payments to performers, artists and artistic support and $12.8m for labour costs.

Results from (ABS, 2011d) Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2009–10 (cat. no. 4183.0), showed that Australian Government funding for Performing arts in 2009–10 totalled $149.9m. By comparison, state and territory government funding for Performing arts was $164.9m, with an additional contribution of $214.1m towards Performing arts venues. Local governments provided $91.1m in funding for the Performing arts in 2009–10, a slight decrease on 2008–09 ($93.8m).

12.9 CULTURAL FUNDING BY GOVERNMENT, Performing arts - 2009-10

Australian
Government(a)
State and
territory
government
Local
government
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m

Performing arts
Music performance
64.6
50.6
na
115.2
Drama
29.2
32.0
na
61.2
Dance
17.3
15.1
na
32.4
Music theatre and opera
21.7
22.1
na
43.8
Other performing arts
17.2
45.1
na
62.2
Total
149.9
164.9
91.1
405.9
Performing arts venues
214.1
na
214.1

— nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
na not available
(a) The Australian Government refers to the federal government. It does not refer to the aggregate of state and territory governments, nor does it include local government.
Source: Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4183.0).

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