Australian Bureau of Statistics
4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/10/2010
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Organisations most reliant on government funding were those involved in symphony and choral performances (47% of total income) and dance production (36%). By contrast, organisations involved in popular music performances received less than 2% of their income from governments. Other music and theatre production and drama production both received more than half of their income from the box office in 2006-07 (61% and 55% respectively).
Performing arts operation organisations incurred expenses of $682.7m in 2006-07. Over a third (37%) of these were labour costs, primarily wages and salaries, with another 11% being rent, leasing and hiring expenses. Labour costs accounted for 22% of expenses for for-profit organisations and 47% for not-for-profit organisations. Of the $23.1m paid in royalties, 56% was paid to Australian organisations and individuals while 44% went overseas.
The 2006-07 ABS Performing Arts Survey also provides information on performing arts venue operation organisations. These businesses are mainly engaged in operating venues for the presentation and rehearsal of performing arts. During 2006-07, the 145 organisations in the performing arts venue industry generated income of $494.4m. The two main sources of income for these businesses were government funding ($165.7m) and rent, leasing and hiring income ($117.9m).
Respondents to the ABS survey of Performing Arts Festivals reported income of $88.5m in 2002-03 derived largely from three sources - ticket sales ($27.2m), government funding ($27.0m) and fundraising ($24.3m). This compares with their expenditure for the year of $82.8m, including $16.6m for contract payments to performers, artists and artistic support and $12.8m for labour costs.
Results from Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4183.0), showed that Australian Government funding for performing arts in 2008-09 totalled $140.2m. By comparison, state and territory government funding for performing arts was $158.7m, with an additional contribution of $264.2m towards performing arts venues. Local governments provided $87.6m in funding for the performing arts in 2008-09, a significant 130% increase on 2007-08 ($38.1m).
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