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The performing arts include music performances, acting, dance performances, opera and musicals, circuses and puppet shows.
Performing arts industries
An ABS survey of performing arts industries in 1999-2000 identified 1,437 employing businesses mainly engaged in the performing arts. Of these, 705 provided live music and theatre productions; 125 operated venues for performing arts such as concert halls and entertainment centres; and 606 provided services to the arts industry such as festival management, casting agency operation, costume design and set designing. These businesses employed 16,429 persons at the end of June 2000 and a further 20,752 persons worked as volunteers. In 1999-2000 they received a total income of $1,633.8m, divided almost equally between government funding ($470.0m) and receipts from the box office ($460.5m).
An ABS survey of businesses mainly involved in music and theatre production in 2002-03 indicated that compared with 1999-2000 there had been a 23% increase in the number of such businesses (from 705 to 865), a 12% increase in their employment (from 7,060 to 7,842) and a 16% decrease in volunteers (from 3,034 to 2,548). More information is available in Chapter 20 Service industries, which also includes information about performing arts festivals of more than two days duration held in 2002-03.
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 web portal at <http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au>. Prominent Australian companies, such as the Symphony Australia Orchestral Network, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and Musica Viva publish annual reports on their web sites (see Bibliography) which provide information about employment and attendances.