In 2018-19, 15 festivals received operational funding from Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure and attendance and programming.

7 of these festivals are located in regional Victoria.


Definition of festivals are a series of events and activities celebrating a cultural concept, facilitating exchanges between audiences and creative practitioners.


Finance

In 2018-19, Creative Victoria provided $10.5 million to festivals, around 27% of their total income. Total income for all festivals was $38.8 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $2.71 income to the funded sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was the largest component of revenue at 46% of total income.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 27%.
  • Other Government funding was 9% of total revenue (including Commonwealth, local and other State funding).
  • Private support was 18% of total revenue.
    • $2.4 million cash sponsorship
    • $2.3 million in-kind sponsorship
    • $1.3 million donations and fundraising
    • $0.9 million foundations (incl. philanthropy)

Sources of income

Earned income$17.8m46%
Creative Victoria$10.5m27%
Other Government$3.5m9%
Private support$7.0m18%
Other$0.0m0%

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Local Government provided 5% of the total income, around $1.8 million.


Expenditure

  • 69% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 18% on administration costs
  • 12% on marketing costs

Expenditure

Production$26.0m69%
Administration$6.8m18%
Marketing$4.6m12%
Other$0.4m1%
Depreciation$0.2m0%

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Workforce

The sector employed 640 people, relying particularly on temporary staff due to the seasonal nature of festival work.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 124 full time employees.
  • 71% are employed on a casual basis.

Sources of income

Full time579%
Part time12620%
Casual45771%

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15 festivals engaged the services of 4,124 creative practitioners.

1,767 volunteers provided 36,947 hours of service.


Audience

15 festivals reported attendances of 1.8 million.

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  • 81% were from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 12% from regional Victoria
  • 5% from interstate
  • 2% from overseas

15 festivals reported 4.3 million online visits

8 festivals reported 1 million views on digital platforms (incl. radio, TV, live streaming, downloads).


Programming

Festivals presented 2,434 events, including:

  • 1,130 productions
  • 138 exhibitions
  • 95 workshops and classes
  • 565 lectures, seminars and conferences
  • 40 films
  • 466 other events

Sector development

10 festivals offered children or youth participation programs recording 26,305 children or youth attendances through 541 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

  • 11 offered programming for First Peoples
  • 11 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
  • 12 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
  • 10 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • 6 offered programming for senior citizens
  • 6 offered programming for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex
  • 9 offered programming for people who identify as women
  • 8 offered programming for people who identify as having a disability
  • 10 offered programming for people living in regional communities.

Tours

Inbound-134
OutboundVictoria134
 Interstate156
 Overseas61

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