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Between 2014 and 2015, the Classical Music category experienced a decrease in revenue and attendance. Gross revenue fell by 13.1% from $64.87 million to $56.40 million while total attendance fell by 2.1%. The decrease in average ticket price by 4.7% from $75.05 to $71.50 also contributed to the decline in gross revenue.
As with previous years, the majority of revenue generated in the Classical Music category came from the AMPAG companies, with 77% of total revenue coming from AMPAG performances. Major companies include The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Musica Viva Australia.
Outside of AMPAG, there were further declines in revenue and attendance in 2015, with fewer performances overall. Major performances in this category included Anne Sophie Mutter and performances by the Australian World Orchestra. However, popular performer André Rieu did not return in 2014 or 2015, impacting on revenue and attendance in both years.
All states experienced a decline in revenue, particularly South Australia (23%) and Western Australia (18%). Increases in attendance were experienced by Tasmania (46%), Western Australia (11%) and Victoria (5%), while other states saw a decline in attendance.