4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (First Edition)  
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The 2002-03 ABS survey of the Performing Arts found that at the end of June 2003, there were 865 organisations in the music and theatre production industry in Australia. Of these, 379 were mainly engaged in Popular music production, 103 in Drama production, 88 in Music theatre production, 58 in Symphony and choral production, 42 in Dance production, 17 in Opera production and 178 in Other performing arts production such as puppetry, circuses, etc.

12.4 MUSIC AND THEATRE PRODUCTION ORGANISATIONS, By type of production - 2002-03
Graph: 12.4 Music and theatre production organisations, By type of production—2002–03

Not for profit organisations represented 24% of the Music and theatre production industry. Such organisations put on an estimated 15,384 performances for payment and attracted 4.6 million paid attendances. By comparison, the 657 commercial organisations reported staging 37,857 paid performances with 9.6 million paid attendances.

In 2002-03, there were 15,917 Popular music performances with 4.0 million paid attendees, making it the most attended type of music and theatre production. The least attended type of music and theatre production were Opera productions with 1,013 paid performances attracting 471,000 paid attendances.

12.5 MUSIC AND THEATRE PRODUCTION ORGANISATIONS, Performances and Attendances - 2002-03

Paid performances(a)
Paid attendances(b)

Popular music performance
15 917
4 048
Symphony and choral performance
3 861
1 577
Drama production
12 536
2 554
Dance production
1 501
Music theatre production
4 813
3 182
Opera production
1 013
Other production
13 601
1 651
53 241
14 230

(a) Paid performances are related to headline acts only, support acts are excluded.
(b) Includes overseas attendances.
Source: ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03 (cat. no. 8697.0).

The ABS also conducted a survey to collect data on the activities of organisations which were involved with performing arts festivals in 2002-03. The survey only included those festivals which lasted more than two consecutive days and which were either multifaceted or had a primary focus in one of the genres of the performing arts, such as music or drama. The survey found that there were 176 such performing arts festivals during 2002-03, 91 of which were music festivals, 75 were multifaceted, while the remaining ten were drama, dance or comedy festivals.

The 2004-05 survey of Pubs, Taverns, Bars and Hospitality club services found that there were 194,769 paid live performances in pubs, taverns and bars and 114,082 in clubs in 2004-05.

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