In 2015, 20 Local Government bodies operating performing arts centres or programs were funded by Creative Victoria.  They reported on measures including employment, volunteering, membership, income and expenditure and attendance and programming.

19 of these are located in regional Victoria.

Finance

Creative Victoria provided $2.0 million to performing arts centres, around 7% of total income.

Total turnover for all performing arts centres was $30.4 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $14.16 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 42% of total revenue.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 7%
  • Other Government funding was 49% of total revenue (almost all of which was Local Government. Local Government support represented 48% of total revenue)
  • Private support was 2% of total revenue:
    • $190,000 in cash sponsorship
    • $460,000 in donations
    • $64,500 from philanthropic trusts 

    Stacked bar chart showing sources of income as referenced in table 

Sources of income

Earned

Other Government

Creative Victoria

Private

Other

$12.6m

$14.9m

$2.0m

$0.7m

$0.2m

41.5%

48.9%

6.6%

2.4%

0.7%

Expenditure

  • 41% of sector expenditure went towards administration costs
  • 34% on production costs
  • 8% on marketing costs

Stacked bar chart showing expenditure streams as referenced in table 

Expenditure



Production

$10.2m

33.7%

Administration

$12.6m

41.3%

Marketing & promotion

$2.5m

8.1%

Other

$4.3m

14.1%

Depreciation

$0.8m

2.7%

Employment, volunteers and memberships

The sector employed 467 people:
  • Total employment was equivalent to 169 full time employees.
  • 83% were employed on a casual or part time basis.

Stacked bar chart showing employment type as referenced in table 

Employment type

Full-time

Part-time

Casual

81

17.3%

98

21.0%

288

61.7%

462 volunteers provided 18,912 hours of service.

The sector reported 11,666 members/friends. 

 

Audience

Pie chart showing where audience reside as detailed in table

20 performing arts centres reported attendances of 1 million.

  • 17% were from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 78% from regional Victoria
  • 5% from interstate

Funding from Creative Victoria was equivalent to $2.00 per attendance.

Performing arts centres presented 5,765 events, including:

  • 1,384 productions
  • 316 exhibitions
  • 324 films
  • 1,659 lectures, seminars and conferences
  • 468 workshops

6 performing arts centres have collection or education material on-line.

Programming

13 performing arts centres offered programming for emerging artists.

18 centres offered youth participation programs recording 96,277 Victorian student attendances through 611 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

  • 19 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
  • 15 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
  • 13 offered programming for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • 5 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • 12 offered programming for people with a disability
  • 6 offered programming for women
  • 19 offered programming for senior citizens

The sector reported 622 inbound tours and 4 outbound tour within Victoria.