Reports

REPORT ON PERFORMING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

from the 2009-2010 Survey Data

For the report on Public Museums and Arts Galleries, click here.

Information for the 2009-2010 Business for the Arts Annual Survey of Performing Arts Organizations was gathered in 2011. A total of 184 Canadian performing arts organizations participated in the survey. A broad range of institutions reported data, including 95 theatre organizations, 49 music organizations, 22 dance organizations, 8 multidisciplinary organizations and 10 opera organizations. The respondents are based in eleven different provinces and territories.

TOTAL REVENUES, EXPENSES AND ATTENDANCE

Total operating revenue for the 184 performing arts organizations was $479.6 million in 2009-10.  Total expenses ($474.8 million, or an average of 2.6 million per organization) were lower than total revenues, leaving a season surplus of $5.3 million, or 1% of total revenues (an average surplus of 29K per organization). However, performing arts organizations had an accumulated surplus of $21.5 million at the end of 2009-10 (an average of 117K per organization).  The vast majority of the 184 organizations reported a surplus or (essentially) balanced budget in 2009-10 (114 organizations, 62% of the organizations).  Of the remaining 70 organizations, 53 reported a deficit of more than 2% of their total revenues. Ten of these organizations reported a deficit exceeding 10% of their total revenues.  The 184 organizations presented 22,279 performances (an average of 122 performances per organization) to a total audience of 8 million individuals (or an average of 43,333 individuals per organization, also, approximately 358 attendees at each performance, per average).

AVERAGE REVENUES

The average revenues of the organizations reporting to Business for the Arts were $2.6 million.  Seventy-nine organizations reported revenues of less than $500K. Eleven of these organizations reported revenues less than $100K. At the other end of the scale, 68 organizations reported revenues that exceeded $1 million. Nine of these organizations reported revenues over $10 million.

BREAKDOWN OF TOTAL REVENUES

As shown in Chart 1, earned revenues represented more than one-half of the $479.6 million in total revenues (53%, or $254 million). Revenues from government sources accounted for 25% of total revenues ($120 million). Private revenues represented 22% of total revenues ($106 million).

CHART 1:


EARNED REVENUES

As shown in Chart 2, the largest single share of total revenues came from box office ($192 million, or 40% of total revenues), that is income generated through ticket sales. Other earned revenues represent $62 million or 13% of total revenues. Other earned revenues represent income generated through fees, commissions, concession sales, rent, bank interest from endowment funds and the like, etc.

CHART 2:

PUBLIC REVENUES

As shown in Chart 3, the $120 million in government revenues can be broken down into contributions by:

  • The Canada Council for the Arts: $35.4 million (7% of total revenues);
  • Provincial funders: $52.4 million (11%);
  • Municipal funders: $18.8 million (4%); and
  • Other government sources: $13.1 million (3%).

CHART 3:

PRIVATE FUNDING

As shown in Chart 4, of the $106 million in private revenues, $40.3 million came from individual donations (8% of total revenues), $23.4 million came from sponsorships (4% of total revenues). Foundations comprised of $14.6 million (3% of total revenues), fundraising events represented $22.5 million (5% of total revenues), corporate donations accounted for $5.9 million (1% of total revenues), and committee donations represented $2.6 million (1% of total revenues).

CHART 4:


REPORT ON PUBLIC MUSEUMS AND ARTS GALLERIES

from the 2009-2010 Survey Data

Information for the 2009-2010 Business for the Arts Annual Survey of Public Museums and Art Galleries was gathered in 2011. A total of 86 Canadian visual arts organizations participated in the survey. A broad range of institutions reported data, including 39 public art galleries, 28 public museums, 13 university affiliated galleries and museums and 6 artist-run centres. The respondents are based in eleven different provinces and territories.

TOTAL REVENUES, EXPENSES AND ATTENDANCE

Total operating revenue for the 86 visual arts organizations was $520.7 million in 2009-10 (or an average of $6.05 million per organization).  Total expenses ($514.6 million, or an average of 5.9 million per organization) were lower than total revenues, leaving a season surplus of $17.4 million, or 35% of total revenues (an average surplus of 202.6K per organization). This surplus resulted in an accumulated surplus of $47.6 million at the end of 2009-10 (an average of 553K per organization).  The vast majority of the 86 organizations reported a surplus or (essentially) balanced budget in 2009 -10 (61 organizations, 71% of the organizations).  Of the remaining 25 organizations, eighteen reported a deficit of more than 2% of their total revenues.  Ten of these organizations reported a deficit exceeding 10% of their total revenues.  The 86 organizations presented 1345 exhibitions (an average of 16 exhibitions per organization) to a total audience of 8.3 million individuals (or an average of 96,755 individuals per organization, approximately 6200 attendees at each exhibition, per average).

AVERAGE REVENUES

The average revenues of the organizations reporting to Business for the Arts were $6.05 million.  Twenty-seven organizations reported revenues of less than $500K. Nine of these organizations reported revenues less than $200K. At the other end of the scale, forty-three organizations reported revenues that exceeded $1 million. Eleven of these organizations reported revenues over $10 million.

BREAKDOWN OF TOTAL REVENUES

As shown in Chart 1, revenues from government sources accounted for 65% of the $520.7 million in total revenues ($341.1 million), earned revenues represented a quarter of the total revenues (26%, or $133.4 million). Private revenues represented 8% of total revenues ($40 million), and university grants represented 1% of total revenues ($6.2 million).

CHART 1:


EARNED REVENUES

As shown in Chart 2, the largest single share of total earned revenues came from “other” revenue ($88.1 million, or 17% of total revenues). Other earned revenue includes revenue from auctions, bazaars, art rental, gallery shops, volunteer fundraising events, interest from endowment funds and the like.

Entrance Fees represented 7% of total revenues ($36.3 million) and memberships represented $8.9 million or 2% of total revenues.

CHART 2:


GOVERNMENT REVENUES

As shown in Chart 3, the $341.1 million in government revenues can be broken down into contributions by:

  • The Department of Canadian heritage: $197 million (37.8% of total revenues);
  • Provincial funders: $115.5 million (22.2%);
  • Municipal funders: $21.5 million (4.1%);
  • Canada Council: $4.8 million (0.9%) and
  • Other government sources: $2.2 million (1.2%).

CHART 3:


PRIVATE REVENUES

As shown in Chart 4, of the $39.9 million in private revenues, $16.5 million came from individual donations (3.2% of total revenues) and $6 million came from fundraising events (1.2% of total revenues). Foundations comprised of $5.2 million (1% of total revenues), corporate sponsorships represented $6.7 million (1.3% of total revenues), corporate donations accounted for $3.4 million (0.7% of total revenues), and committee donations represented $2.2 million (less than 1% of total revenues).

CHART 4: