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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2007  
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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.

    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:
    • 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.
    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.

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