Performing Arts Statistics (2009)
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January 2011 - Statistics Canada recently released summary data of performing arts organizations in 2009. The performing arts survey provides information about for-profit and not-for-profit theatre, musical theatre, dinner theatre, opera, dance, musical groups (e.g., orchestras, chamber music and popular music groups) and other organizations (e.g., circus, ice skating shows).

In 2009, as in other odd-numbered years, only summary data is provided. In even-numbered years, the data is more detailed, including, for example, attendance data and breakdowns of revenue sources (earned, public or private sector). Hill Strategies has analyzed the summary data for 2009:

  • Total revenues were $1.3 billion for all for-profit and not-for-profit performing arts groups in 2009, a 3.7% decrease from 2008 (not adjusted for inflation).
  • Not-for-profit performing arts organizations in Canada had total revenues of $643 million in 2009, representing 48% of the $1.3 billion sectoral total.
  • Total revenues of not-for-profit organizations decreased by 3.8% between 2008 and 2009 (not adjusted for inflation).
  • Total expenses ($644 million) were slightly higher than total revenues, leaving a collective deficit of $1.1 million in 2009 (0.2% of total revenues).
  • Salaries, wages and benefits (excluding fees paid to contract workers) account for 36% of not-for-profit performing arts organizations’ expenses.

For full details on the Performing Arts, visit the Statistics Canada website.