Music and Theatre Productions in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Budgetary constraints are likely to result in less spending on the arts sector in the next five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Music and Theatre Productions industry in Australia.

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Higher levels of household discretionary income have increased consumer spending on music and theatre shows.

Operators in the Music and Theatre Productions industry in Australia have been thriving over the past five years due to higher household discretionary income and government funding. Sources of revenue for the industry can be broken down into box office sales, government grants, private donations and corporate sponsorship. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Jem Anning, “over the past five years, higher discretionary income has increased attendance at live and theatre productions.” This, along with higher ticket prices, has driven box office sales and industry growth. Meanwhile, government funding for performing arts companies has increased. As a result, industry revenue is estimated to increase at a compound annual rate of 3.1% to $1.2 billion over the five years through 2014-15, including growth of 2.5% in the current year.

Revenue growth over the past five years has been driven by higher consumer sentiment following the global financial crisis and increasing demand for popular music concerts. The Music and Theatre Productions industry has expanded as consumers loosened their purse strings and more music groups toured Australia. “Revenue fluctuates according to changes in government funding and the ability of industry operators to stage big-name and popular shows,” says Anning. Government funding varies significantly between product segments, with the traditional performing arts receiving more in government grants than popular music. Many performing arts companies rely on government funding and corporate sponsorship to remain financially viable, while popular music providers are highly profitable. The industry exhibits a low level of market share concentration. Major players include Opera Australia.

Revenue growth is expected to slow over the next five years as the industry matures. While government funding for heritage and the arts is forecast to grow, the Federal Government has signalled its intention to rein in spending on the arts due to budgetary constraints. IBISWorld forecasts a slight shift in industry operators' funding models, which are expected to have a greater focus on private donations and corporate funding. Traditional arts companies will continue to attempt to expand audiences through regional touring, and using technology in new and innovative ways.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Music and Theatre Productions industry in Australia report page.

Companies in this industry produce live theatrical or musical performances including concerts, opera, ballet and drama plays.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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