4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2014  
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PERFORMING ARTS AND MUSIC

INTRODUCTION

This chapter provides information on music, theatre, dance, opera and a variety of other activities which come under the broad heading of the performing arts. Data from Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 6273.0) and detailed data from Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4183.0) are the main sources of information about employment and funding for the performing arts.

PERSONS EMPLOYED IN PERFORMING ARTS AND MUSIC

According to Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 6273.0), there were 16,029 persons who were employed under the category of Performing Artists and Music Composers for their main job in 2011. Almost two thirds (64%) were male, and over one third (36%) were female. Musician (Instrumental) was the largest occupation with 6,033 persons (38%) employed. Three quarters (75%) of all Musicians (Instrumental) were male. There were considerably more males than females employed across all occupations excluding Dancer or Choreographer, and Singer.

PERSONS EMPLOYED IN PERFORMING ARTS AND MUSIC(a)(b), By occupation and sex, 2011


Males
Females
Total Persons
no.
no.
no.

Performing Artists and Music Composers
Actor
935
677
1 612
Dancer or Choreographer
303
832
1 135
Entertainer or Variety Artist
947
802
1 749
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers, nec
609
483
1 092
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers, nfd
60
57
117
Composer
235
49
284
Music Director
233
152
385
Musician (Instrumental)
4 530
1 503
6 033
Singer
437
504
941
Music Professionals, nfd
168
89
257
Radio Presenter
1 499
465
1 964
Music Professionals, nec
35
25
60
Television Presenter
234
166
400
Total
10 225
5 804
16 029

(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.
(b) In their main job in the week prior to Census Night.
Source: Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 6273.0)

EXPENDITURE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS ON PERFORMING ARTS AND MUSIC

According to Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4183.0), the Australian Government funding for Performing arts in 2012-13 totalled $142.8m. By comparison, state and territory government funding for Performing arts was $180.2m, with an additional contribution of $270.1m towards Performing arts venues.

CULTURAL FUNDING BY GOVERNMENT, Performing arts and music, By Government, 2012-13


Australian Government(a)
State and territory government
Total
$m
$m
$m

Performing arts
Music performance
65.4
53.4
118.8
Drama
27.6
34.3
61.9
Dance
18.1
18.9
37.0
Music theatre and opera
23.8
28.4
52.2
Other performing arts
7.9
45.2
53.1
Total
142.8
180.2
323.0
Performing arts venues
-
270.1
270.1


- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) The Australian Government refers to the federal government. It does not refer to the aggregate of state and territory governments, nor does it include local government.
Source: Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4183.0)


In 2012-13 the estimate of Australian Government funded expenditure on Performing arts and music was $142.8m. This was similar to the $142.0m reported in 2011-12. Expenditure on Music theatre and opera gradually increased over the past three survey years whilst expenditure on Drama and Other performing arts decreased during this time. Music performance received the most funding of these selected categories in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, followed by Drama, and Music theatre and opera.

CULTURAL FUNDING BY AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT(a), Performing arts and music, 2010-11 to 2012-13


2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
$m
$m
$m

Performing arts and music
Music performance
66.2
62.6
65.4
Drama
29.2
28.2
27.6
Dance
16.5
19.2
18.1
Music theatre and opera
21.9
22.0
23.8
Other performing arts
20.3
10.0
7.9
Total
154.1
142.0
142.8
Performing arts venues
2.1
4.8
-

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) The Australian Government refers to the federal government. It does not refer to the aggregate of state and territory governments, nor does it include local government.
Source: Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4183.0)


In 2012-13 the estimate of expenditure on Performing arts and music, funded by state and territory governments, was $180.2m a rise of $12.4m from 2011-12. Expenditure for Music performance increased steadily over this time period, and had the highest expenditure of these selected categories in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, followed by Other performing arts and Drama.

CULTURAL FUNDING BY STATE AND TERRITORY GOVERNMENT, Performing arts and music, 2010-11 to 2012-13


2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
$m
$m
$m

Performing arts and music
Music performance
47.6
50.1
53.4
Drama
30.0
29.0
34.3
Dance
19.4
17.7
18.9
Music theatre and opera
22.7
30.2
28.4
Other performing arts
29.3
40.8
45.2
Total
149.0
167.8
180.2
Performing arts venues
216.2
294.4
270.1

Source: Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 4183.0)