In 2015 almost four million Australians attended an MPA mainstage performance, school performance or workshop. This represents a 3% increase on 2014 and excludes overseas, online and broadcast audiences and recording sales. That's the equivalent to around 17% of Australians.
Total direct reach across four of the five key artforms – chamber music, orchestral music, theatre and dance – were all up in 2015 compared to 2014. The one exception was opera but this can be accounted for by Opera Australia’s audience for musical theatre which was particularly high in 2014 due to two musicals having seasons in that year.
It was wonderful to see performances involving school students up across all artforms and in all states,once again emphasising the importance of education and outreach.Young people are the next generation of performers, artisans, directors and, of course, audiences. Our interactive touring map shows just how geographically diverse school programs were last year. A brilliant result.
State by state, the total reach increased across all but South Australia and, to a lesser extent, Tasmania. the decrease in total audience numbers in South Australia can be attributed to fewer mainstage performances and the utilisation of some smaller performance venues, however activities involving school students and workshop attendances in that state were well up.
On our interactive map you can view MPA performing arts activity by electorate, by artform and by type of activity; all available years and/or individual years.
Interactive Touring Map