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- Total operating revenues for the performing arts industry reached $1.5 billion in 2010, up 11.0% from 2009. These revenues were split almost equally between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
- Operating expenses for the industry totaled $1.4 billion. Nearly one-third of operating expenses of performing arts companies consisted of salaries, wages and benefits paid to employees. The salaries and wages expense does not include fees paid to contract workers.
- Of the for-profit companies, the profit margin rose from 9.3% in 2009 to 12.7% in 2010.
- Musical groups and artists (everything from orchestras to rock groups) accounted for 32% of total operating revenue in 2010, while theatre (except musical) companies accounted for 27%. The remaining 41% was split among musical theatre and opera companies, as well as dance companies and other performing arts companies that includes travelling carnivals, circuses, magic and ice skating shows.
- For the not-for-profit surveyed establishments, the sales of goods and services generated half of all revenues while grants, subsidies, donations and fundraising generated the other half.
- The not-for-profit performing arts surveyed establishments attracted an estimated 14.0 million spectators in 2010, up 2.3 % from 2008. Theatre (except musical) companies comprised the largest segment of the not-for-profit sector in 2010, attracting 57.2% of total attendance and generating 47.2% of total operating revenues.