In 2019-20, 40 performing arts organisations received operational funding from Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure and attendance and programming.

34 of these are located in metropolitan Melbourne.

Definition of performing arts organisations are organisations that develop, create and present performance works, facilitating exchanges between audiences and creative practitioners.


Creative Victoria provided $17.7 million to performing arts organisations; 9% of their total income. Total income for all performing arts organisations was $199.3 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $10.23 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 50% of total income.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 9%.
  • Other Government funding was 21% of total income (including Commonwealth, local and other State funding).
  • Private support was 18% of total income:
    • $6.0 million in cash sponsorship
    • $4.4 million through in-kind sponsorship
    • $14.0 million in donations
    • $0.5 million through fundraising
    • $5.1 million from foundations (incl. philanthropy)
    • $5.3 million in bequests.

Sources of income

Earned income$99.7m50%
Creative Victoria$17.7m9%
Other Government$42.3m21%
Private Support$35.4m18%


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  • 64% of sector expenditure went towards production costs.
  • 18% on administration costs.
  • 13% on marketing costs.




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The sector employed 2,946 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 1,022 full time employees.
  • 69% are employed on a casual basis.

Employment type

Full time67523%
Part time2388%


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Organisations engaged the services of 8,506 creative practitioners.

2,135 volunteers provided 67,169 hours of service.


Performing arts organisations reported attendances of 2.2 million.

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  • 65% from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 16% from regional Victoria
  • 15% from interstate
  • 4% from overseas

38 organisations reported 10.0 million online visits.

21 organisations reported 88.8 million views on digital platforms (incl. radio, TV, live streaming, downloads).


Performing arts organisations presented 3,772 events, including:

  • 1,072 productions
  • 75 exhibitions
  • 2,209 workshops
  • 222 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 34 films
  • 160 other events

Sector development

31 organisations offered education or youth participation programs recording 171,648 student or youth attendances through 6,901 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

  • 19 offered programming for First Peoples
  • 20 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
  • 35 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
  • 21 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • 11 offered programming for senior citizens
  • 11 offered programming for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex
  • 14 offered programming for people who identify as women
  • 21 offered programming for people who identify as having a disability
  • 22 offered programming for people living in regional communities

The sector reported 34 inbound tours and 147 outbound tours.




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