Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Performing arts

Based on the 2010 General Social Survey

Based on a survey of approximately 7,500 Canadians 15 years or older, this report finds that virtually "all Canadians participated in an arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010". In fact, 99.7% of Canadians 15 or older participated in at least one of the 18 arts, culture or heritage activities covered by the survey.

Based on a survey of 4,005 Americans 18 years of age or over, Culture Track 2011 examines attendance at visual and performing arts events, the attitudes and behaviours of cultural audiences, as well as the motivations and barriers that influence participation.

With the perspective that "we are witnessing a dynamic shift in [cultural] participation, both in amount and in form", this series of case studies was prepared to help arts organizations attract and engage new audiences, in order to help secure their artistic and financial sustainability.

Based on a survey of senior arts education staff members and artistic directors of 50 Toronto-area performing arts companies, this report provides information about "the range, reach and impact of the arts education programs of dance, music, opera and theatre organizations in the Toronto area".

Research Note #102

This report examines the monetary and non-monetary value of the performing arts based on a number of different American data sources. The report finds that there are nearly 8,840 performing arts organizations in the United States (with at least one person on payroll). Collectively, these organizations had annual revenues of almost $13.6 billion and over 125,000 paid workers in 2007. Americans spent $14.5 billion on performing arts admissions in 2009. "On any given day, 1.5 million Americans attend arts performances, usually with family or friends."

Results from a 2011 Province-wide Study of the Arts Engagement Patterns of Ontario Adults

This report is based on a survey of 1,594 Ontario adults covering their personal practice, attendance and media-based consumption of 45 different arts activities. The report challenges "the arts community and its funders to consider the totality of engagement when looking to increase participation" and concludes that "increasing arts engagement in Ontario will require making new connections between different parts of the ecosystem and tapping into deep veins of cultural value".

This American report, based on a survey of nearly 7,500 dance attendees in the summer of 2010, probes how dance audience members engage with dance presentations. Based on both current and desired levels of involvement with dance, the researchers distilled five key factors in dance attendance: 1) Mental stimulation (i.e., intellectual and creative stimulation); 2) Nurturing (i.e., social and family fulfillment); 3) Repertoire-driven motivations (e.g., see "great works", new artists or new work); 4) Emotional and spiritual motivations; 5) Social bridging and bonding motivations (e.g., to grow closer to one's own culture or to learn about other cultures).

Participation, Appreciation, and Motivation

This report examines audience motivations for attending and experiences at 24 music festivals and concert series funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage's Arts Presentation Canada program in 2008-09. Regarding motivations for attendance, many respondents chose "overall enjoyment", as well as the "variety of musical styles" and the desire "to spend quality time with friends".

While Statistics Canada's performing arts survey provides information about performing arts companies, this survey provides some information about arts presenters and independent artists, along with sports presenters. However, the data in the survey is very limited.

Statistics Canada recently released summary data of performing arts organizations in 2009. Total revenues were $1.3 billion for all for-profit and not-for-profit performing arts groups in 2009, a 3.7% decrease from 2008 (not adjusted for inflation). Not-for-profit performing arts organizations in Canada had total revenues of $643 million in 2009, a 3.8% from 2008.