Mining the stats

If you’ve ever wondered what dark hole/dusty shelf/deep abyss all the data from those funding acquittals you’ve been slaving over was disappearing into, this post is for you.

The good folk at Arts Victoria recently released some data collected from funded organisations in 2013. Arts Victoria is the Victorian State Government body which advises on, and implements arts policy. Regional Arts Victoria (that’s us) is one of 10 Lead Organisations funded through Arts Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program.

We’ve had a look and summarised some of the highlights for regional Victorian artists and arts organisations from the latest Arts Victoria stats.

Key Arts Organisations

Arts Victoria’s Key Arts Organisation program supported 102 organisations in 2013. Highlights for regional artists and audiences included:

  • 46 organisations in regional Victoria supported with $6.7million in funding, representing 45% of Key Organisations and 17% of the total Key Organisation funding pie (or an average of $145,652 per regional organisation)
  • 2.4 million people from regional Victoria attended an event by one of 102 Arts Victoria Key Arts Organisations, representing 30% of total reported audiences of 8.1 million
  • Regional arts organisations employed 711 people, with 55% of these being casual staff
  • Regional organisations sourced a little under one third of their income from earned sources, with 41% of income coming from local government

Project Grants

344 project grants worth $6.6 million were offered to artists and arts organisations through Arts Victoria from July 2012 to June 2013. Of these:

  • 48 (14%) were awarded to applicants from regional Victoria, with just under $900,000 in funding approved
  • Regional Victorian applicants has a 26% success rate, which was consistent with the state-wider average of 28%
  • 14 grants were also funded for outer-metropolitan applicants
  • This group had a slightly lower success rate, with 19% of applicants successful compared to the average of 28%

There’s more data where this came, including information on art forms supported, events, and programming. You can have your own poke around at this link. You might even like to use some of the numbers for your arts advocacy work – check out some of Regional Arts Victoria’s advocacy tools here.


IMAGE: The lighting of the Tin Lanterns at the Natimuk Small Town Transformations launch. Photo by Joe Toohey.

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