4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (Second Edition)  
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SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS

In various years including 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2006-07, the ABS collected financial details for selected cultural industries, through a series of surveys of businesses and organisations. Care must be taken when interpreting these figures as different industries were surveyed in different years.

Public libraries were the most reliant on government funding, receiving 93% of their total income from government sources in 2003-04. Botanic gardens were also heavily reliant on funding from government (80% of their total income in 1999-2000). At the other end of the scale, those organisations involved in Performing arts venue operation and Performing arts operation relied least on public funds, with 34% and 24% of their respective total incomes sourced from government in 2006-07.

Private fundraising involves raising income through sponsorship, donations or bequests. In 2006-07, Performing arts operation received a large amount of funding through sponsorship ($32.0m or 4% of total income). In 2002-03, Performing arts festivals received $21.8m (25% of total income) from sponsorship.

Museums received the largest amount through private fundraising (sponsorship, donations and bequests) overall ($89.0m in 2003-04). Performing arts operation also received a large amount from private fundraising in 2006-07 ($53.8m), while Performing arts venue operation received $13.9m.

4.3 SUPPORT FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS(a)

Fundraising Income
Sponsorship
Donations, bequests, etc.
Total
Government funding
Total funding(b)
Total income

VALUE ($m)

2006-07
Performing arts operation
32.0
21.8
53.8
173.8
227.6
733.4
Performing arts venue operation
9.1
4.8
13.9
165.7
179.6
494.4
2003-04
Museums
np
np
89.0
628.0
717.1
919.4
Public libraries
np
np
(c)7.5
781.2
788.7
839.0
2002-03
Performing arts festivals
21.8
2.5
24.3
27.0
51.3
88.5
1999-2000
Botanic gardens
2.2
2.4
4.6
73.4
78.0
91.8

AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL INCOME (%)

2006-07
Performing arts operation
4.3
3.1
7.3
23.7
31.0
100.0
Performing arts venue operation
1.8
1.0
2.8
33.5
36.3
100.0
2003-04
Museums
np
np
9.7
68.3
78.0
100.0
Public libraries
np
np
0.9
93.1
94.0
100.0
2002-03
Performing arts festivals
24.6
2.8
27.5
30.5
58.0
100.0
1999-2000
Botanic gardens
2.4
2.6
5.0
80.0
85.0
100.0

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Excludes funds provided as loans or advances.
(b) Refers to total income gained through fundraising and government funding.
(c) Includes some other income such as interest.
Source: ABS, Museums, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8560.0); ABS, Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0); ABS, Botanic Gardens, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8563.0); ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0); ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8697.0).



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