PERFORMING ARTS GENERATE $733 MILLION IN INCOME
Australia's performing arts earned $733.4 million during 2006-07, according to Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).
The main sources of income for Australia's 726 performing arts businesses/organisations were box office takings (49%) and government funding (24%).
These 726 performing arts businesses/organisations:
- employed 6,569 people at the end of June 2007. Nearly half were employed as performing artists (3,249 people).
- gave 43,460 paid performances, with over 12 million people paying to attend various live theatrical or musical presentations during 2006-07. Drama productions had the highest attendance, at just over a quarter (26%) of the total.
There were an additional 145 performing arts venue operators, running 189 venues with a total of 271 performing arts spaces at end June 2007; they:
- generated $494 million in income; government funding accounted for just over one-third of this ($166 million).
- hosted 20,819 performances - drama productions made up nearly a third (30%) of all performances, followed by musical theatre (15%).