In 2020-21, 130 Victorian based organisations received operational funding from Creative Victoria. These organisations reported on measures including employment, volunteering, income and expenditure, attendance, and programming.


Finance

In 2020-21, Creative Victoria provided $60 million worth of operational funding to 130 key arts organisations based in Victoria. Total income for organisations was $287 million.

Creative Victoria’s funding was 21% of total revenue.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $3.80 income to the funded sector.

Organisations generated $42 million in private support, which was 15% of total revenue.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 13%.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 21%.
  • Other Government funding was 46% of total revenue (including Commonwealth, Local and Other State funding).
  • Local Government support represented 13% of the total revenue at $38 million.
  • Private support was 15% of total revenue:
    • $5 million in cash sponsorship
    • $3 million through in-kind sponsorship
    • $26 million in donations
    • $200 thousand through fundraising
    • $7 million from foundations (incl. philanthropy)
    • $513 thousand in bequests
Income
Earned income $37m 13%
Creative Victoria funding $60m 21%
Other Government funding $133m 46%
Private support $42m 15%
Other $16m 5%

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Expenditure

  • 50% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 32% on administration costs
  • 10% on marketing costs
Expenditure
Production $133m 50%
Administration $85m 32%
Marketing $27m 10%
Other $12m 5%
Depreciation $9m 3%

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Workforce

The sector employed 4,246 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 1,716 full time employees.
  • 54% are employed on a casual basis.

130 organisations engaged the services of 20,814 creative practitioners.

13,753 volunteers provided 417,494 hours of service.

Employment Type
Full time 1,033 24%
Part time 930 22%
Casual 2,283 54%

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Audience

Funded organisations reported attendances of above 4 million.

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  • 49% were from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 43% from regional Victoria
  • 7% from interstate
  • 1% from overseas

82 organisations reported over 140 million views on digital platforms (incl. radio, TV, live streaming, downloads), in addition to over 15 million website visits.


Programming

The funded sector presented 4,979 events:

  • 1,241 productions
  • 567 exhibitions
  • 1,139 workshops and classes
  • 1,176 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 200 films
  • 656 other events

Sector development

7,693 new works were created, and 1,812 creative development projects initiated.

71 organisations offered education or youth participation programs, reporting 221,019 student or youth attendances through 4,677 sessions.

A number of organisations reported offering targeted programming:

  • 74 offered programming for First Peoples
  • 74 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
  • 86 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
  • 56 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • 51 offered programming for senior citizens
  • 33 offered programming for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex
  • 43 offered programming for people who identify as women
  • 48 offered programming for people who identify as having a disability
  • 79 offered programming for people living in regional communities.

Funded organisations recorded 115 inbound tours and 55 outbound tours.

Tours
Inbound 115 Victoria 73
   Interstate 40
   International 2
Outbound 55 Victoria 29
   Interstate 20
   International 6

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Regions

Creative Victoria provided $11 million to 53 organisations in regional Victoria, comprising:

  • 18 Performing Arts Centres
  • 18 Museums and Galleries
  • 7 Festivals
  • 5 Performing Arts Organisations
  • 5 Industry and Cultural Development Organisations

Creative Victoria provided $49 million to 77 organisations in metropolitan Melbourne, comprising:

  • 33 Performing Arts Organisations
  • 19 Industry and Cultural Development organisations
  • 16 Museums and Galleries
  • 8 Festivals
  • 1 Performing Arts Centre

Sources of income by location

Organisations in regional Victoria obtain:

  • 13% of their income through earned income
  • 57% from other Government funding (including Commonwealth, other State and local Government, 45% of total income is from local government)

Organisations in metropolitan Melbourne obtain:

  • 13% of their income through earned income
  • 43% from other Government funding (including Commonwealth, other State and local Government, 4% of total income is from local government)
Sources of IncomeRegional Metropolitan 
Earned $8m 13% $29m 13%
Creative Victoria $11m 17% $49m 22%
Other Government $36m 57% $96m 43%
Private support $5m 8% $36m 16%
Other $3m 5% $12m 6%

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Employment by location

Casual employment is more common in regional Victoria:

  • In Melbourne based organisations 52% of employees were employed on a casual basis compared to 58% of employees in regionally based organisations.

Full time employment is more common in metropolitan Melbourne than regional Victoria:

  • In regional Victoria 18% of employees were employed on a full-time basis compared to 26% of employees in organisation based in Melbourne.
Employment typeFull-time Part-time Casual 
Regional 189 18% 249 24% 599 58%
Metropolitan 844 26% 681 21% 1,684 52%

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Creative Discipline

Performing Arts represent the main creative discipline for 45% of the funded organisations.

Visual Arts represent 28% of funded organisations while multi-arts represent 9% of funded organisations.

Community Cultural Activities represent 7%.

Artform
Performing Arts 45%
Visual arts 28%
Multi-arts 9%
Community cultural activities 7%
Literature & Publishing 6%
Museums & heritage 4%
Other culture 1%

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