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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS

In the years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2007-08, the ABS collected financial details for selected cultural industries through a series of surveys of businesses and organisations. Care must be taken when interpreting these figures as different industries were surveyed in different years.

Public libraries were the most reliant on government funding, receiving 93% of their total income from government sources in 2003-04. At the other end of the scale, those organisations involved in performing arts venue operation and performing arts operation relied least on public funds, with 34% and 24% of their respective total incomes sourced from government in 2006-07.

Private fundraising involves raising income through sponsorship, donations or bequests. Museums generated $106.0m through private fundraising (sponsorship, donations and bequests) in 2007-08, up from $89.0m in 2003-04. Performing arts operation also received a large amount from private fundraising in 2006-07 ($53.8m), while performing arts venue operation received $13.9m.

In 2006-07, performing arts operation received a large amount of funding through sponsorship ($32.0m or 4% of total income). In 2002-03, performing arts festivals received $21.8m (25% of total income) from sponsorship.

4.5 SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS(a) - Various years

Sponsorship
Donations,
bequests,
other
Total
Government
funding
Total
funding(b)
Total
income

VALUE ($m)

2007-08
Museums
23.1
83.0
106.0
657.8
764.0
998.4
2006-07
Performing arts operation
32.0
21.8
53.8
173.8
227.6
733.4
Performing arts venue operation
9.1
4.8
13.9
165.7
179.6
494.4
2003-04
Public libraries
np
np
(c)7.5
781.2
788.7
839.0
2002-03
Performing arts festivals
21.8
2.5
24.3
27.0
51.3
88.5

AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL INCOME (%)

2007-08
Museums
2.3
8.3
10.6
65.9
76.5
100.0
2006-07
Performing arts operation
4.3
3.1
7.3
23.7
31.0
100.0
Performing arts venue operation
1.8
1.0
2.8
33.5
36.3
100.0
2003-04
Public libraries
np
np
0.9
93.1
94.0
100.0
2002-03
Performing arts festivals
24.6
2.8
27.5
30.5
58.0
100.0

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Excludes funds provided as loans or advances.
(b) Refers to total income gained through fundraising and government funding.
(c) Includes some other income such as interest.
Source: Museums, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8560.0); Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0); Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0); Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8697.0).



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