In 2015, 18 festivals received operational funding from Creative Victoria. Funded organisations reported on employment, volunteering, membership, income and expenditure and attendance and programming. 8 of these organisations are located in regional Victoria.
Creative Victoria provided $10.2 million to festivals, around 27% of total income.
Total turnover for all festivals was $38.1 million.
Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $2.73 income to this sector.
Sources of income
- Earned income was 44% of total revenue.
- Creative Victoria funding was 27%
- Other Government funding was 12% (including Commonwealth, local and other State Government funding).
- Private support was 21% of total revenue:
- $3.6 million in cash sponsorship
- $3.4 million of in-kind sponsorship
- $608,000 through donations
- $475,000 from philanthropic trusts
Sources of income
Local Government provided 8% of the total income, around $2.9 million.
- 31% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
- 21% on marketing costs
- 17% on administration costs
Marketing & Promotion
Employment, volunteers and memberships
The sector employed 534 people.
- Total employment was equivalent to 129 full time employees.
- 89% were employed on a casual or part time basis.
2,495 volunteers provided 41,895 hours of service.
The sector reported 1,174 members/friends.
18 festivals reported attendances of 1.9 million.
- 74% were from metropolitan Melbourne
- 15% from regional Victoria
- 8% from interstate
- 3% from overseas
Funding from Creative Victoria was equivalent to $5.37 per attendance.
Festivals presented 3,118 events, including:
- 2,096 productions
- 313 exhibitions
- 338 workshops
- 152 films
- 95 lectures, seminars and conferences
9 festivals have collection or education material on-line.
17 festivals offered programming for emerging artists.
12 festivals offered youth participation programs recording 35,237 Victorian student attendances through 500 sessions.
A number of organisations offered targeted programming:
- 12 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
- 14 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
- 11 offered programming for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- 14 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
- 13 offered programming for people with a disability
- 8 offered programming for women
- 8 offered programming for senior citizens.
The sector reported 137 inbound tours and 57 outbound tours in Victoria, interstate and overseas.