In 2017, 16 festivals received operational funding from Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, memberships, income and expenditure and attendance and programming.

7 of these festivals are located in regional Victoria.


Finance

Creative Victoria provided $10.5 million to festivals, around 28% of their total income.

Total income for all festivals was $37.4 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $2.57 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 42% of total revenue.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 28%
  • Other Government funding was 7% (including Commonwealth, local and other State Government funding).
  • Private support was 22% of total revenue:
    • $2.6 million in cash sponsorship
    • $3.9 million of in-kind sponsorship
    • $1.2 million from donations
    • $0.5 million from philanthropic trusts
  • Local Government provided 4% of the total income, around $1.4 million.

2017 Festivals Income data

Sources of income

Earned

Other Government

Creative Victoria

Private

Other

$15.7m

$3.0m

$10.5m

$8.2m

$0.1m

42.0%

8.0%

28.0%

21.8%

0.2%

Expenditure

  • 59% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 15% on administration costs
  • 24% on marketing costs

2017 Festivals Expenditure data

Expenditure

Production

Administration

Marketing & promotion

Other

Depreciation

$22.1m

$5.8m

$9.0m

$0.2m

$0.2m

59.4%

15.5%

24.1%

0.6%

0.4%


Employment and Volunteers

The sector employed 571 people, relying particularly on temporary staff due to the seasonal nature of festival work.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 184 full time employees.
  • 72% are employed on a casual basis.

1,603 volunteers provided 26,810 hours of service

2017 Festivals Employment data

Employment type

Full-time

Part-time

Casual

58

10.5%

101

18.3%

394

71.3%


Audience and Members

16 festivals reported attendances of 1.7 million.

2017 Festivals Attendance data

  • 75% were from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 14% from regional Victoria
  • 9% from interstate
  • 2% from overseas

Funding from Creative Victoria was equivalent to $6.05 per attendance.

The sector reported 1,091 members/friends.

11 festivals reported 2.7 million online visits.


Outcomes

Festivals presented 2,211 events, including:

  • 1,526 productions
  • 204 exhibitions
  • 171 workshops
  • 61 films
  • 87 lectures, seminars and conferences
  • 162 other events

8 festivals have collection or education material on-line.


Programming

All 16 supported festivals offered programming for emerging artists.

12 festivals offered children or youth participation programs recording 36,519 children or youth attendances through 348 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

  • 10 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
  • 11 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
  • 12 offered programming for First Peoples
  • 12 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • 11 offered programming for people with a disability
  • 10 offered programming for women
  • 5 offered programming for senior citizens.

The sector reported 101 inbound tours and 72 outbound tours; 5 in Victoria, 52 interstate and 14 overseas.

2017 Festivals Tours data

Inbound tours

Outbound tours

Victoria

Interstate

Overseas

101

5

52

14