Finances of Public Museums and Art Galleries

Canada, 2006-07

Canadian public museums and art galleries generate increasing amounts from non-government sources

¨ Ten-year trend analysis reveals Canadian public museums and art galleries generate increasing amounts from non-government sources

¨ Of all revenue categories, private sector revenues grew the fastest (47%) over a 10-year period

Finances of Public Museums and Art Galleries in Canada in 2006-07, the 25th report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research, shows that public museums and art galleries generate increasing amounts from non-government sources. However, the report also finds that government revenues continue to represent the largest share of total revenues.

The report examines the situation of non-profit museums and art galleries in Canada, based on the 2006-2007 Business for the ArtsAnnual Survey of Public Museums and Art Galleries. A total of 113 Canadian museums and galleries participated in the survey, including 52 public art galleries, 38 public museums, 12 university-affiliated art galleries or museums, and 11 artist-run centres. Organizations responding to the Business for the Arts survey are based in all 10 provinces and the Yukon.

Situation of public museums and galleries in 2006-07

Total operating revenues for the 113 public museums and art galleries were $500 million in 2006-07. Total expenses were $506 million, slightly higher than total revenues, leaving a collective deficit of $6 million in 2006-07 (1% of total revenues). Based on past surpluses in the sector, the collective accumulated surplus of the 113 museums and galleries was $28 million (6% of 2006-07 revenues) at the end of 2006-07.

Revenues from government sources represented two-thirds of the $500 million in total revenues ($334 million, or 67%) in 2006-07. Earned revenues accounted for $116 million, or 23% of total revenues. Private sector revenues equalled $45 million (9% of total revenues), while revenues from universities (received by university-affiliated organizations) were $4 million, or 0.8% of all organizations' revenues.

Total attendance of 10 million

Total attendance at the 113 museums and galleries was 10 million in 2006-07.

Private sector revenues led recent growth

For the 77 museums and galleries with a consistent reporting history between 1996-97 and 2006-07, growth in total revenues was 18% between 1996-97 and 2006-07 after adjusting for inflation. Total expenses kept pace with total revenues, growing by 19% after inflation.

Of all revenue categories, private sector revenues grew at the fastest rate (47%, after inflation). Earned revenues also grew by more than total revenues, with an inflation-adjusted increase of 25%. In contrast, government revenues increased by 12%, while university revenues increased by 3%.

Among four different organization sizes, the revenues of the smallest museums and galleries grew the most, led by private sector revenues.

The report also provides separate profiles of public museums and art galleries in Canada.

Many more details are available in a 5-page Executive Summary and the 33-page full report.

Additional information and data files

All participating arts organizations in the survey now have access to a new benchmarking tool free of charge, developed by Business for the Arts and available on their website at www.businessforthearts.org. The benchmarking tool will allow arts organizations to compare their individual data with other arts organizations in their discipline and size category. CD-ROMs with full survey data on Art Galleries and Public Museums, along with full survey data on Festivals and Presenters, and the Performing Arts will also be sent free of charge to participating arts organizations and available for purchase at $40. For inquiries, please contact Business for the Arts at researcher@businessforthearts.org or (416) 869-3016 x221.

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