In 2018-19, 39 performing arts organisations received operational funding from Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure and attendance and programming.

33 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.


Finance

Creative Victoria provided $17.6 million to performing arts organisations; 9% of their total income. Total income for all performing arts organisations was $192.3 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $9.94 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 49% 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:
    • $5.3m cash sponsorship
    • $4.8m in-kind sponsorship
    • $7.4m donations
    • $0.2 million fundraising
    • $17.5m foundations (incl. philanthropy).

Sources of income

Earned income$93.6m49%
Creative Victoria$17.6m9%
Other Government$40.8m21%
Private Support$35.2m18%
Other$5.1m3%

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Expenditure

  • 63% of sector expenditure went towards production costs.
  • 17% on administration costs.
  • 14% on marketing costs.

Expenditure

Production$114.7m63%
Administration$32.0m17%
Marketing$26.3m14%
Other$6.8m4%
Depreciation$3.1m2%

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Workforce

The sector employed 3,240 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 1,041 full time employees.
  • 71% are employed on a casual basis.

Employment type

Full time71222%
Part time2377%
Casual2,29171%

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Organisations engaged the services of 7,039 creative practitioners.

2,049 volunteers provided 59,438 hours of service.


Audience

39 organisations reported attendances of 1.9 million.

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  • 62% from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 8% from regional Victoria
  • 21% from interstate
  • 9% from overseas

37 organisations reported 6.2 million online visits.

21 organisations reported 32.7 million views on digital platforms (incl. radio, TV, live streaming, downloads).


Programming

Performing arts organisations presented 3,290 events, including:

  • 1,037 productions
  • 50 exhibitions
  • 1,864 workshops
  • 224 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 33 films
  • 82 other events

Sector development

30 organisations offered children or youth participation programs recording 109,745 children or youth attendances through 7,497 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

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

The sector reported 79 inbound tours and 152 outbound tours; 50 in Victoria, 50 interstate and 52 overseas.

Tours

Inbound-79
OutboundVictoria50
 Interstate50
 Overseas52

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