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.

Finance

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

Stacked bar graph showing sources of income for festivals, as detailed in table 

Sources of income

Earned

Other Government

Creative Victoria

Private

Other

$16.7m

$2.9m

$10.2m

$8.1m

$0.1m

44.0%

7.7%

26.8%

21.3%

0.1%

Local Government provided 8% of the total income, around $2.9 million.

Expenditure

  • 31% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 21% on marketing costs
  • 17% on administration costs

Stacked bar graph showing Expenditure of festivals, as detailed in table 

Expenditure



Production

$22.2m

60.7%

Administration

$6.2m

16.8%

Marketing & Promotion

$7.7m

20.9%

Other

$0.3m

0.7%

Depreciation

$0.3m

0.9%

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.

Stacked bar chart showing festival employment type as detailed in table 

Employment type

Full-time

Part-time

Casual

58

10.9%

132

24.7%

344

64.4%

2,495 volunteers provided 41,895 hours of service.

The sector reported 1,174 members/friends.

Audience

18 festivals reported attendances of 1.9 million.

Pie chart showing where audience reside 

  • 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.

Programming

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.

Stacked bar chart showing tours for festivals, as detailed in table

Inbound tours

Outbound tours

Victoria

Interstate

Overseas

137

19

30

8