55% of all Victorians aged 15 years or over attended at least one performing arts venue or event in the year 2013-14:

  • 33% attend popular music concerts
  • 17% attend theatre performances
  • 16% attend musicals and operas
  • 9% attend dance performances
  • 9% attend classical music concerts
  • 18% attend other performing arts (incl. physical theatre and circus arts)

In 2015, 20 Creative Victoria supported local government run performing arts centers attracted audiences of 1 million.

In 2015, 39 Creative Victoria supported performing arts organisations attracted audiences of 1.7 million.

In 2015-16, attendance at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the Melbourne Recital Centre was 3 million.

It should be noted that in some instances performing arts organisations may have presented in the performing arts venues listed above.  As a consequence the total attendance to performing arts cannot be precisely calculated.

Employment in the wider Performing Arts Sector (ABS, 2011 Census data*)

  • In 2011, 7,717 Victorians were employed in the performing arts industry, as their main job, as artists, musicians or technical support workers.

(* source - 6273.0 - Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011)