Number of songwriters, composers and musicians - Creation - Music

Most Australian songwriters identify with the Pop/Rock category

More than half of all songwriters/composers registered with APRA identify with the pop/rock category.

Other common genres self-selected by APRA members are Alternative, Blues and roots, Country, Electronic and Jazz.[1]

[1]   Note songwriters/composers can be registered in more than one category

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Attendance - Participation - Music
Tag : popular-culture

Almost all Australians intentionally listen to music weekly or more, and 57% attend live music events each year, making music the biggest art form in Australia.

By comparison, only 42% of us undertake physical activity for sport, recreation or exercise weekly or more.

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Competitiveness of Australian musicians - Global - Music
Tag : popular-culture

Japanese artists are big in Japan, but US and British artists are big in Australia.

Our market favours international acts, with just 16 Australian artists making the Top 100 singles in ARIA’s End of Decade Singles (2000-2009).

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Attendance - Participation - Visual Arts
Tag : popular-culture

With around 11 million visitors a year, galleries are now more highly attended than Australia’s most popular spectator sport, Australian Rules Football, which had 10 million attendances in 2009-10.

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Almost 40 percent of Australians attend visual arts and craft presentations, exhibitions and festivals each year

The Australia Council’s survey of arts participation showed that thirty-eight percent of Australians attended a visual arts and craft event in 2009, with over half of these attendees (54 percent or 21 percent of all Australians) going to an exhibition of a painting, drawing or street art.

Digital or video art was the least attended type of visual arts event with only 17 percent of visual arts attendees (or seven percent of all Australians) going to these events.

Visual arts and craft events were attended, on average, twice as often as other artforms over a 12 month period. Among those who attend each artform, visual arts were attended 14 times a year compared to six times for music and theatre and dance audiences.

Craft events had the highest number of attendances at 16 times a year, while sculpture and installation art events had the least number of attendances at 10 times per year.

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Creative participation - Participation - Visual Arts
Tag : popular-culture

1.2 million kids do arts and crafts for fun, and almost 2 million adults make crafts like woodwork, jewellery and ceramics.

Creating visual arts and crafts is also the most popular form of creative activity by Australians, with one in five participating.

This makes craft more popular than Twitter, which has 1.2 million users in Australia.

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Government support - Support - Visual Arts
Tag : popular-culture

Government funding of $330 million ensures art museums can open their doors for free to over 10 million visitors a year. This represents a cost of $0.04 per Australian per day.

Visual arts organisations also lead the arts sector in generating private sector support for their work, generating 24% of the $221 million donations and sponsorship earned by the arts in 2009-10.

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Australia Council provides over $15 million funding to the visual arts sector

In 2011-12, the Australia Council invested a total of $15.7 million in the visual arts and craft sector.

Of this, $4.9 million in funding was provided by the Visual Arts Board to support a range of activities including the creation of new work, the presentation and promotion of contemporary visual arts and craft, and professional development for practitioners.

The Arts Organisations Division administered $8.7 million funding for 39 visual arts organisations during 2011-12, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Association for the Visual Arts.

Almost $1 million was provided to young and emerging visual artists through the Art Start program.

A further $500,000 in funding for visual arts and craft was provided through the Arts Development Division to support the development of visual artists, curators and organisations. In particular, through the Arts Development Division, the Australia Council supported the representation of 42 Australian artists at international art fairs, including the Venice Biennale.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board provided $277,000 in grants funding, including for new work and for skills and arts development.

Key projects included the 18th Biennale of Sydney’s All our Relations showcase of more than 220 works by over 100 Australian and international artists, and Hatched – Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual survey of the best of Australia’s art school graduates.

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