The Arts and Cultural Profile gives us insights into the financial and demographic characteristics of the arts and cultural sector in Australia.
The Giving Attitude 2.5 survey results indicated that 70% of arts and cultural organisations in Australia have a turnover of less than $250,000. Of the organisations that participated in the survey, 26.5% of organisations are based in New South Wales and 21.1% in Victoria which reflects the concentration of the sector in these states.
Arts and cultural organisations are multidisciplinary, with 59% having secondary art forms in addition to their primary art form. There are also more organisations reporting that they have paid staff, 54% compared to 53% in Giving Attitude 2.
For Giving Attitude 2.5, 39% of the sample that completed the full survey reported on calendar year 2020 while 61% reported on financial year 2020/21. Both years had pandemic-related effects on arts and cultural organisations, albeit to varying extents.
Of these 44% are micro-organisations with turnover that is less than $50,000, and 26% are small organisations with turnover between $50,000 and $249,000.
A comparison of the ACNC’s Annual Information (AIS) for 2017 and 2019 shows no significant changes in the turnover composition of the industry for organisations whose main activity was either cultural or artistic.
of organisations are based in New South Wales
of organisations are based in Victoria
of organisations are based in Tasmania, ACT, and Northern Territory combined
The dominant primary cultural area or art form activity in the sample is the performing arts (61%), followed by visual arts (31%), and Museums and Galleries (23%).
are singular artform (only one cultural area or art form)
have a primary artform, and additional cultural or art form activities
are cross-artform (more than one primary cultural area or art form)
The sample shows that majority of arts and cultural organisations have been operating for over 10 years (73%).
There are more organisations reporting that they have paid staff, 54% compared to 53% in Giving Attitude 2 and 38% in Giving Attitude 1.
The sample shows that Giving Attitude 2.5 captured a trend in unpaid board type structures.
Since Giving Attitude 2 there was a 4% decrease in Aboriginal and Torress Strait Island organisations participating in the survey.
Giving Attitude 2.5 found that the larger the arts and cultural organisation, the more private sector support they received.
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