Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2006
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/01/2006
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PERFORMING ARTS INDUSTRIES
At the end of June 2003 there were 865 businesses mainly involved in music and theatre production (table 12.15). This was an increase of 23% over the number recorded at the end of June 2000. During 2002-03 these businesses put on 53,241 paid performances which attracted 14.2 million paid attendances. The highest numbers of paid attendances were for popular music performances (4.0 million attendances) and musical theatre productions (3.2 million attendances). The total income generated from music and theatre production activities was $622.1m, with box office takings accounting for 53% ($331.6m) of this figure. Government funding provided 22% ($134.4m) of total income. Operating profit before tax for 2002-03 was $46.5m, which was $18.7m more than for 1999-2000. A total of 7,842 persons were employed by music and theatre production businesses at the end of June 2003 and a further 2,548 were volunteers. The number of volunteers was down 16% from the number recorded at the end of June 2000 (3,034).
There were 176 performing arts festivals (of greater than two days duration) conducted during the year ended June 2003. There were 29,707 performances at these festivals - 23,138 paid and 6,569 free - which altogether attracted 7.5 million attendances. Of these, 80% (6.0 million) were free of charge. Performing arts festivals generated $88.5m in income of which 31% ($27.2m) came from ticket sales. The total operating profit was $5.7m. The bulk of the workforce utilised by these festivals consisted of 15,728 volunteers.
Information about many of the performing arts companies in Australia is available under the headings 'Music' and 'Performing Arts' in the Australian Government's Culture and Recreation Portal at <http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au>. The Australia Dancing portal, hosted by the NLA, provides an information and directory database relating to dance in Australia and can be accessed at <http://www.australiadancing.org>. Prominent Australian companies, such as Symphony Australia, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and Musica Viva publish annual reports on their web sites (see Bibliography) which provide information about employment and attendances.
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