Good news from major performing arts companies

The latest Australia Council Snapshot of Major Performing Arts Company Key Trends shows that Australia’s major performing arts companies are robust, stable and have continued to expand their city audiences in line with population growth. They have also extended their reach and engagement in regional and remote communities.

The media release from AMPAG highlights some interesting and positive facts:

  • education programs reached over half a million school children last year and workshops were attended by over 28,000 students attendees and other free and self-presented performances
  • from 2002 – 2011 paid capital city attendances at performances by major performing arts companies have grown by 13%. Regional access and participation has also grown substantially, with attendances of 800,000 in 2011
  • many of the major companies have partnered with national broadcasters ABC and SBS to record and broadcast live performances for radio and television
  • working capital has increased across the group by $11.9 million. In 2001 only 9 companies had positive reserve funds—that number has more than tripled in 2011.
  • in 2012 many of our major performing arts companies are touring all over the world helping to build an identity for Australia internationally as a sophisticated, creative, intelligent and culturally rich nation.

Read the full media release.