In 2018, the Festival budget was 22.4 million euros. The Festival is self-financed to 60.3% through a combination of ticket sales, patronage and sponsorship, the support of the Aix-en-Provence Casino, co-productions, touring and a range of revenues from TV, radio, promotional products and media partnerships.
10.3 million euros, 46.2% of the budget, are allocated to creation, to artists residences and the production of operas and concerts; 6 million euros, 26.7% of the budget, go towards structural costs and 5.8 million euros, 26.2% of the budget, are devoted to technical operating costs, Festival logistics, communication and insurance.
Strong economic impact on the region
The study of audiences and economic benefits, carried out in 2017 by the professional federation Les Forces Musicales, shows the economic impact of the Festival d'Aix, the audiences and artists on the Aix city and region. Today the benefits are estimated at over 25.7 million euros, or €11.93 of economic benefits for every €1 of local subsidy.
There is also a major economic impact from tourism. 67% of tourists at the Festival came to the region primarily to attend the Festival. Economic benefits are reckoned at 7 million euros for the Aix region, or €233 spent by each visitor and for each overnight stay (including €82 for accommodation), with an average stay of 4.2 nights.
The Festival has strongly boosted regional initiatives to introduce opera to a wider public, but also to promote the region by scheduling free concerts and recitals in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, as well as in the Aix-Marseille Provence metropolitian area and in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. The Festival’s activites help towards the cultural development of rural regions in the Aix-Marseille Provence area by forging links with associations and community centres in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
Media impact on the region
Each year, media coverage of the Festival in the national and international press provides an excellent shop-window for Aix-en-Provence and the region.
In 2018, 167 journalists from 16 countries (TV, radio, press) covered the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; 34 radio reports or programmes and 27 TV or internet reports were made.
5 operas and 1 concert were recorded for TV and/or the internet (Arte, Arteconcert, Culturebox, Operavision.eu, the Festival’s YouTube channel). The France 3 TV programme Fauteuils d’orchestre, presented by Anne Sinclair, was filmed in Aix on 1st July and broadcast during prime time on 4 July (the opening day of the Festival).
5 live radio broadcasts were aired on France Musique, as well as a special Académie programme, broadcast live on 7 July on France Musique.
All through the year, the Festival broadcasts operas on big screens in France and abroad, either live from the Festival or aired later.