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Inside the Arts Centre Melbourne

As the flagship performing arts centre in Victoria Arts Centre Melbourne has a leadership role in the creation, presentation and promotion of the performing arts.

Programming consists of indoor and outdoor performances, exhibitions, seminars, functions, forums and events.

Arts Centre Melbourne comprises:

  • Hamer Hall (opened in 1982; re-opened after redevelopment in July 2012);
  • Theatres Building (opened in 1984) including the State Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and Fairfax Studio;
  • The Australian Music Vault, opened in 2018, this purpose-built gallery is dedicated to Australia's music heritage; and
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl (set in Kings Domain Gardens).

Arts Centre Melbourne is also home to two significant collections:

  • The Performing Arts Collection - telling the story of Australia's performing arts history and traditions; and
  • The Art Collection - exploring the performing arts through the work of Australia's most significant visual artists.

Key Facts 2019-20

  • Total income - $88 million
  • Value of collection - $63.3 million
  • Creative Victoria's annual operational appropriation - $31.4 million
  • Creative Victoria's capital appropriation - $15.1 million
  • Number of attendances - 2.2 million
  • Number of website visits - 2 million
  • Number of students attending education programs - 32,796
  • Number of employees - 540 individuals (equivalent to 395 FTE's)
  • Number of members / friends - 1,413
  • Number of volunteers - 107 individuals, contributing 2,043 volunteer hours (equivalent to 269 full days)