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Spectator Sports, Event Promoters, Artists and Related Industries (2009)

September 12, 201112 September 2011

Performing arts

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While Statistics Canada’s performing arts survey provides information about performing arts companies, this survey provides some information about arts presenters and independent artists, along with sports presenters. However, the data in the survey is very limited, as there are significant exclusions, including presenters that are part of a larger organization (such as a municipality) and independent artists that are not on Statistics Canada’s Business Register. The Business Register covers “all active businesses in Canada that have a corporate income tax (T2) account, are an employer or have a GST account”. Independent artists or presenters who do not meet these criteria would not be surveyed.

In addition, performing arts presenters are combined with sports presenters in the data. It is impossible to know what portion of the $2.1 billion in operating revenues for “promoters of performing arts and sports events” would be generated by performing arts promoters rather than sports promoters.

For those independent artists, writers and performers that do meet the survey criteria, operating revenues were $863 million in 2009, a 1.6% decrease from 2008 (not adjusted for inflation).

The survey also notes that the revenues of “agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers, and other public figures” were $315 million in 2009.

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