Thursday, August 30, 2012

Artfacts: Australia Council for the Arts

Take a look at the new web page of the Australia Council for the Arts called Artfacts here. They are collecting and presenting statistical information on musicians and music in Australia. There are some cool graphics you can share on facebook and twitter and the site enables you to explore the ecosystem of music through statistics. Here are some interesting facts:

1. 9 out of 10 Australians listen to music each week; 4 out of 10 exercise
2. 20% of kids learn to play music; 70% of adults wish they had
3. Australians continue to spend $2 billion on music each year
4. Australian's buy 3 recordings per second, that's 100,000,000 a year
5. Live music brings over 42 million fans into Australia's pubs and clubs
6. Digital music revenues set to take over CD sales in 2012
7. In the multi billion dollar music industry, musicians earn $7,200 a year
8. 9 of Australia's top 100 chart singles last year were Australian
9. Just 7,800 people work as musicians as their main job
10. 80% of songwriters are men; 70% of music teachers are women

A very interesting and well presented site - check it out!

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