The annual Major Performing Arts (MPA) sector report looks at participation, paid attendance and employment trends across theatre, orchestra, opera, dance and chamber music. In 2012 the 2.6 million ticket sales across the 28 leading MPA companies in Australia resulted in a combined performance income of $203 million; an increase of $28 million in total compared to 2011. The sector employed 8,400 people, of which 4,600 were artists; 108 new Australian works were premiered and there were 308 thousand followers and friends of these companies on social media.
This report is a preliminary analysis of the 2012 annual reporting from the Major Performing Arts (MPA) sector. A more detailed analysis will be published in August.
The MPA sector comprises 281 leading Australian companies in the fields of dance, theatre, opera and orchestral and chamber music. The companies’ work is appreciated by audiences across Australia and, in many cases, on international stages. The companies are critically acclaimed and regularly recognised through a range of creative awards.
These companies are funded jointly by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, and by the relevant State governments. In 2012 the Australian government provided $96 million in annual funding to this group of companies and state governments provided a further $44 million2 in annual funding.