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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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Contents >> Service Industries >> Performing arts

The ABS conducted its second survey of the performing arts industries in respect of 1999-2000, following an earlier survey in respect of 1996-97. These industries are made up of businesses mainly engaged in activities including the provision of music and theatre productions, the operation of performing arts venues, and the provision of other services to the arts such as casting agency operation and costume design.

There were 1,437 employing organisations in the performing arts industries at 30 June 2000 (table 21.36). There were 705 organisations in the music and theatre production industry, 125 organisations in the performing arts venues industry, and 606 organisations in the services to the arts industry. Of the latter, 152 organisations operated performing arts festivals, and 454 organisations provided other services to the arts.

In total, these industries employed 16,429 persons at 30 June 2000. A further 17,718 persons worked as volunteers for festivals during their operation in the 1999-2000 financial year, and 3,034 volunteers worked during June 2000 for organisations in the music and theatre production industry.

During 1999-2000, the total income for the performing arts industries was $1,634m, of which government funding accounted for $470m and box office takings $461m.

Total expenses for the performing arts industries during 1999-2000 were $1,584m, and the operating profit before tax was $50.4m. This represented an operating profit margin of 4.8%.

There were 47,083 paid performances in the music and theatre production industry during 1999-2000, while performing arts festivals had 19,896 paid performances. In total, there were 15.2 million paid attendances, with music and theatre production performances accounting for 13.3 million of these paid attendances.


21.36 PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRIES - 1999-2000

Units
Music and theatre production
Performing arts
venues
Festivals
Other services
to the arts
Total

Organisations at 30 June
no.
705
125
152
454
1,437
Performing arts spaces at 30 June
no.
68
260
-
-
328
Productions with paid performances
Paid performances
no.
47,083
21,136
19,896
-
n.a.
Paid attendances
'000
13,268.6
n.a.
1,890.7
-
15,159.3
Employment at 30 June
Working proprietors and partners
persons
144
-
-
77
221
Employees
persons
6,916
5,149
374
3,769
16,208
Total
persons
7,060
5,149
374
3,846
16,429
Volunteers
persons
(a)3,034
-
(b)17,718
-
20,752
Income
Income from box office
$m
233.1
40.8
42.2
144.3
460.5
Government funding
$m
116.7
93.5
27.1
232.7
470.0
Other income
$m
155.5
181.6
33.3
332.8
703.3
Total
$m
505.4
315.9
102.7
709.8
1,633.8
Expenses
Wages and salaries
$m
171.6
97.1
12.5
82.8
364.0
Contract payments to performers/artists
$m
46.8
16.1
24.9
78.6
166.4
Other expenses
$m
259.1
195.5
61.7
537.0
1,053.2
Total
$m
477.6
308.7
99.1
698.4
1,583.7
Operating profit/surplus before tax
$m
27.8
7.2
n.a.
11.7
50.4
Operating profit margin
%
8.0
3.7
n.a.
2.5
4.8

(a) Volunteers during the month of June 2000.
(b) Volunteers during the duration of festivals.

Source: Performing Arts Industries, Australia, 1999-2000 (8697.0).


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