4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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The 2002-03 ABS Survey of the Performing Arts found that at the end of June 2003, there were 865 organisations in the music and theatre production industry in Australia. Of these, 379 were mainly engaged in Popular music production, 103 in Drama production, 88 in Music theatre production, 58 in Symphony and choral production, 42 in Dance production, 17 in Opera production and 178 in Other performing arts production such as puppetry, circuses, etc.

12.4 MUSIC AND THEATRE PRODUCTION ORGANISATIONS, By type of production - 2002-03
Graph: 12.4 MUSIC AND THEATRE PRODUCTION ORGANISATIONS, By type of production—2002–03

Not for profit organisations represented 24% of the Music and theatre production industry. Such organisations put on an estimated 15,384 performances for payment and attracted 4.6 million paying patrons. By comparison, the 657 commercial organisations reported staging 37,857 paid performances with 9.6 million paying customers.

12.5 MUSIC AND THEATRE PRODUCTION ORGANISATIONS, Performances and Attendances - 2002-03

Paid performances
Paid attendances(a)

Popular music performance
15 917
4 048
Symphony and choral performance
3 861
1 577
Drama production
12 536
2 554
Dance production
1 501
Musical theatre production
4 813
3 182
Opera production
1 013
Other production
13 601
1 651
53 241
14 230

(a) Includes overseas attendances.
ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8697.0).

The ABS also conducted a survey to collect data on the activities of organisations which were involved with performing arts festivals in 2002-03. The survey only included those festivals which lasted more than two consecutive days and which were either multifaceted or had a primary focus in one of the genres of the performing arts, such as music or drama. The survey found that there were 176 performing arts festivals during 2002-03, 91 of which were music festivals, 75 were multifaceted, while the remaining ten were drama, dance or comedy festivals.

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