Performing industry

Orchestras, opera companies and choirs attract almost 2 million attendances annually

The Australia Council supports almost 30 music organisations with regular funding to produce and present music performances to Australian audiences.

In 2011 regularly funded organisations, including 14 Major Performing Arts (MPA) organsiations and 15 Key organisations, were involved in development of over 150 new Australian works, and attracted almost 2 million attendances.

Table 5 - Summary of music performance organisations in Australia

TypeNumber of orgsNew Aussie worksAttendancesBox office income ($000s)Sponsorship & philanthropy ($’000s)Employment
MPA organisations14401,413,12792,74833,0361,594
Key organisations15122511,8464,7054,31991
TOTAL291621,924,97397,45337,3551,685