4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (Second Edition)  
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FINANCIAL DATA

Figures from the ABS survey of Performing Arts indicate that just under half the income received by Performing arts operation organisations in 2006-07 came from box office takings (49%). Governments were responsible for providing a further 24% of income, 9% came from contract performance fees while 7% was obtained through fundraising. Governments provided funding of $170.2m to not-for-profit performing arts operation organisations in 2006-07. A further $3.7m in government funding was distributed to for-profit organisations in the industry.

12.6 PERFORMING ARTS OPERATION ORGANISATIONS, Income received - 2006-07

For-profit
Not-for-profit
Total

Organisations at end June (no.)
381
345
726
Box office income ($m)
191.1
164.9
356.0
Contract performance fees received ($m)
41.7
24.5
66.2
Sales of goods ($m)
29.8
4.2
34.0
Royalties ($m)
5.7
1.8
7.4
Rent, leasing and hiring ($m)
1.8
5.6
7.4
Government funding ($m)
3.7
170.2
173.8
Fundraising ($m)
3.1
50.7
53.8
Interest ($m)
1.9
6.7
8.6
Other ($m)
7.2
18.9
26.1
Total income ($m)
286.0
447.5
733.4

Source: ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).


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 2% of their income from governments.

12.7 PERFORMING ARTS OPERATION ORGANISATIONS, Income by type - 2006-07

Box office income
Government funding
Other
Total income
$m
$m
$m
$m

Popular music performance
24.3
0.9
30.5
55.8
Symphony and choral performance
48.3
78.6
41.4
168.2
Drama production
83.8
33.7
34.4
151.8
Dance production
21.0
23.5
20.9
65.4
Other music and theatre production
178.7
37.1
76.4
292.2
Total
356.0
173.8
203.5
733.4

Source: ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).


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. Of the $23.1m paid in royalties, 56% was paid to Australian organisations and individuals while 44% went overseas.

12.8 PERFORMING ARTS OPERATION ORGANISATIONS, Expenses - 2006-07

For-profit
Not-for-profit
Total

Organisations at end June (no.)
381
345
726
Labour costs ($m)
56.3
198.9
255.2
Contract payments to performers/ artists and artistic support ($m)
21.8
35.5
57.3
Contract payments for productions ($m)
2.4
5.0
7.4
Other contract, subcontract and commission expenses ($m)
15.8
15.8
31.6
Rent, leasing and hiring ($m)
33.9
38.9
72.9
Advertising, marketing and promotion ($m)
22.5
32.5
55.0
Travel, accommodation and entertainment ($m)
19.1
26.2
45.2
Purchases ($m)
17.5
13.8
31.3
Royalties paid to businesses/ organisations/individuals ($m)
14.6
8.5
23.1
Other ($m)
53.1
50.6
103.5
Total ($m)
257.1
425.6
682.7

Source: ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).


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.

Australian Government funding for Performing arts in 2006-07 totalled $124.0m. By comparison, state and territory government funding of Performing arts was $132.4m, and their contribution toward Performing arts venues was $132.0m. While local governments also provide funding for the performing arts, data are not available on their level of contribution.

12.9 CULTURAL FUNDING BY GOVERNMENT, Performing arts - 2006-07

Australian Government
State and territory governments
$m
$m

Performing arts
Music
91.9
74.4
Drama
15.6
21.8
Dance
10.9
13.2
Music theatre and opera
-
16.5
Other performing arts
5.5
6.5
Total
124.0
132.4
Performing arts venues
-
132.0

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
Source: ABS, Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4183.0).






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