Funding summary 2009-10
Given the current online debate about the funding of Australia’s 28 major performing arts companies in relation to Australia Council expenditure on all artforms, below is a graph to illustrate that funding breakdown.
You can see in purple the amount given to our major performing arts companies. These amounts incidentally are set not by the Australia Council, but on the agreement of the federal and state and territory arts ministers.
The amounts in green are the expenditure by the Council itself on each artform, by each artform board but also from other programs and initiatives. Most significant is the amount invested in those key organisations from each artform, those 140 small to medium companies around the country which receive triennial funding.
Notes of explanation
- This graph is based on the amounts the Australia Council paid to grant recipients during the year. It includes the further data of key organisations on multi-year grants, in many cases approved before 1 July 2009 but part paid in 2009-10.
- The investment noted as Cross -artform includes Inter-Arts (digital and new media) as well as community arts – in those areas which can’t be related to a particular one artform.
- The graph focuses on separate artform expenditure rather than just of artform boards, so the data also includes investments related to those artforms but from other Australia Council programs and initiatives beyond the boards.
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Board last financial year invested $1.9 million across all artforms. The total expenditure by Council in Indigenous arts (including ATSIA) was $7.8 million.
- The category of Other Music includes the following major performing arts organisations: The Australia Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Ensemble, Musica Viva and the Melba Foundation.