The Economics

Australia’s creative industries are a major source of revenue for the country—and our performing arts are no exception. As a group, the 28 major performing arts companies in Australia generated ticket sales with a box office revenue in 2012 of $203 million (an increase of $28 million on 2011). Total income from all activities was almost $470 million.

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The Economics

This is not to downplay the many other benefits that a vibrant arts sector and growing creative sector brings to the economy.

As well as generating income, job creation and export earnings, a robust creative sector stimulates a community’s social capital by:

  • promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development
  • attracting inward investment
  • enhancing educational outcomes
  • stimulating the development of technology, intellectual property and tourism.

Read more about the business side of the creative sector, specifically the performing arts, in AMPAG’s 2014 edition of,Fast facts—economics.

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