The report looks at many different statistics on the production cycle of music in Australia using a range of ABS sources. Topics covered include the creation of music, organisations involved in live or recorded music, expenditure on music, and consumption of music.
Some key findings include:
MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA
The Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG) commissioned NCCRS to prepare a report about the music industry as one step in its plan to improve the quality and availability of statistics about music in Australia.
A copy of the full report Music in Australia: A Statistical Overview is available for download from the CMC SWG web site at http://www.culturaldata.gov.au/publications/statistics_working_group.
- In 2001, over 17,000 people had a music occupation as their main job. Of these, 48% were music teachers and 38% were instrumental musicians. Over three-fifths (62%) of these people had an income of less than $30,000 a year.
- In 2002–03, there were over 500 organisations involved in presenting live music, with about 70% of these presenting mainly popular music and 19% musicals and operas. These organisations employed over 4,000 people.
- About $2,800 million was spent on music in 2003–04, including audio equipment, CDs, concert charges and nightclub fees.
- In 2004–05, federal and state and territory governments provided about $100 million to organisations to enable them to stage music productions.
- Music royalties paid by Australians to individuals and organisations in overseas countries totalled over $200 million in 2005–06 – by comparison, music royalties paid to Australians from overseas countries were only about a quarter of this amount.
- In 2002, about 40% of the Australian population attended music events – about 3.8 million adults attended popular music concerts, 2.7 million attended musicals and operas, and 1.3 million attended classical music concerts.