Sunday, July 31, 2011


The Australian Major Performing Arts Group has released its 10th survey of arts group funding and the finding are much as you’d expect:


No surprise, given the staff numbers involved, that the music related major performing groups underperform the overall average:


One thing which did strike me as unusual was the results for major arts groups based in Victoria:


As I discussed here, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had a significant jump in its grant related income to total income ratio, going from 52% in 2009 to 57% in 2010.  Given the size of the MSO grants ($13.7m in 2010) it’s hard to see how the average could be so low.  There must be a bunch of Victorian arts organisations operating on the proverbial shoe-string.

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