Between 2008-09 and 2009-10, Australian music and opera organisations regularly funded by the Australia Council (a small part of the overall industry) did not increase levels of private sector support as some other organisations did. Music (down $1.7 million) and Opera (down $0.7 million) recorded the largest declines for performing arts organisations.
Looking at the major performing arts organisations, private sector support grew in 2011 with nine of the 10 organisations reporting increases on 2010 levels.
However, comparatively music and opera organisations have generated lower growth than dance organisations over time.
Only three of the 10 music and opera organisations were found to have increased their private sector earnings consistently over time. These three companies made up 63 per cent of private sector revenue generated by music companies in 2011 and most of the increase over time.
Whilst opera companies were performing strongly in 2001, they have not grown support over time to the extent that other sectors have. In real terms, private sector support for opera has shrunk over the past 10 years.