In 2018-19, 19 Local Government Authorities operating performing arts centres or programs were funded by Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure, attendance and programming.

18 of these are located in regional Victoria.


Definition of a performing arts centre is a building or group of spaces presenting performance works, creating opportunities for creative practitioners and audiences.


Finance

Creative Victoria provided $2.2 million to performing arts centres, around 6% of their total income. Total income for all performing arts centres was $35.4 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $15.04 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 40% of total income.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 6%.
  • Other Government funding was 52% of total income, almost all of which was local Government.
  • Private support was 1% of total income:
    • $0.2m cash sponsorship
    • $0.1m donations

Sources of income

Earned income $14.2m 40%
Creative Victoria $2.2m 6%
Other Government $18.5m 52%
Private support $0.3m 1%
Other $0.2m 1%

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Local Government support represented 52% of the total income at $18.3 million.


Expenditure

  • 44% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 33% on administration costs
  • 7% on marketing costs

Expenditure

Production $15.6m 44%
Administration $11.8m 33%
Marketing $2.6m 7%
Other $3.9m 11%
Depreciation $1.5m 4%

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Workforce

The sector employed 582 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 196 full time employees.
  • 64% are employed on a casual basis.

Employment type

Full time 94 16%
Part time 113 19%
Casual 375 64%

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Performing arts centres engaged the services of 4,335 creative practitioners.

479 volunteers provided 17,969 hours of service.


Audience

19 organisations reported attendances of 1 million.

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  • 16% from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 81% from regional Victoria
  • 3% from interstate
  • 0% from overseas

15 organisations reported 1.1 online visits.

4 performing arts centres reported 33,000 views on digital platforms (including radio, TV, live streaming, downloads).


Programming

Performing arts centres presented 3,081 events, including:

  • 1,568 productions
  • 165 exhibitions
  • 245 workshops
  • 728 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 117 films
  • 258 other events

Sector development

16 performing arts centres offered children or youth participation programs recording 18,767 children or youth attendances through 587 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

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

The sector reported 550 inbound tours and 1 outbound tour in Victoria.