Developing new audiences in arts and culture

This section houses research relating specifically to audience development. The two main issues covered by this section relate to attracting new audiences, and diversifying an existing audience base.

The research in this section should be seen as a complement to CultureHive and AudienceFinder: two relatively new resources that are rich with best practice guidance and insight.

The summaries in this category are:

Increasing young people's attendance at performing arts events

This research was conducted by Andrew J. Martin, Michael Anderson and Ricci-Jane Adams at the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, Australia

Summary

This paper examined a range of factors that determined whether or not adolescents attended a performing arts event (defined as live dance, music or drama). The study …

By | 6 May 2014 |

Cultivating theatre audiences through online activity

This research as conducted by Alex Turrini, Isabella Soscia and Andrea Maulini at Bocconi University, Italy, SKEMA Business School, France and Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy

Summary

This paper looks at the profile of theatregoers who were classified as ‘tech savvy’ by the authors. This segment tended to be younger, more …

By | 26 April 2014 |

A familiar repertoire will attract concert audiences, at least in the short term

This research was conducted by Jeffrey Pompe, Lawrence Tamburri and Johnathan Munn at Francis Marion University, USA

Summary

This paper reports the results of an analysis into the box office data of 47 major symphony orchestras in the US between the years 2001 and 2007. They found that a more standard …

By | 26 April 2014 |

Reducing stigma for disabled arts patrons

This research was conducted by Erin Ludwig at Corcoran Gallery of Art + College of Art and Design, USA

Summary

This paper looked at what factors influenced the decisions of disabled people to attend arts venues. The research was based two surveys: one of 28 arts organisations and another of 50 disabled …

By | 26 April 2014 |

Why do music aficionados use online forums?

This research was conducted by Terry O'Sullivan at the Open University, UK

Summary

This paper reports the findings of eight in-depth telephone interviews designed to discover the various ways that people use web forums to discuss orchestral music. The research found that people behave in a variety of different ways …

By | 14 April 2014 |

Digital broadcasts of live events do not reduce audience numbers

This research was conducted by Hasan Bakhshi and David Throsby at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, UK and Macquarie University, Australia

Summary

This paper tackled the question of whether digital broadcasts of live events lead to an increase or reduction in the number of attendees at those …

By | 11 April 2014 |

What shapes demand for opera?

This research was conducted by Jani-Petri Laamanen at the University of Tampere, Finland

Summary

The paper reports an analysis of eight years of data from the box office of the Finnish National Opera. The research found that there was increased demand for tickets when the opera was new, of Finnish origin …

By | 11 April 2014 |

How do people decide whether or not to visit a museum?

This research was conducted by Christine Burton, Jordan Louviere and Louise Young at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Summary

The paper outlines an experiment conducted amongst museum visitors in Australia to discover how people made decisions about what actions to take and (in this case) whether or not to visit …

By | 11 April 2014 |

Children can be key decision-makers in whether or not families visit museums

This research was conducted by Kai-Lin Wu, Kirsten Holmes and John Tribe at the University of Surrey, UK and Curtin University, Australia

Summary

This paper reports the findings from research into how and why families decide to visit museums. The research is based on interviews with museum-goers in Taiwan. The interviews …

By | 11 April 2014 |

Authenticity is a complex issue when marketing classical music

This research was conducted by Nick Wilson at King's College London, UK

Summary

This paper looked at the phenomenon of ‘historically informed performance’ (performing classical music on period instruments and in original arrangements) and examines how it gained relative commercial success in the UK during the 1970s and 80s. The …

By | 11 April 2014 |