Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Performing arts

"In May 2008, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance announced an ambitious goal to double the region's cultural participation in a dozen years." This report works toward this goal of the "Engage 2020" project by providing research into how Philadelphia area residents engage with the arts. The strategies for audience engagement and development outlined in the report provide a "springboard to action to adopt a consumer-focused, organization-wide approach to product and market development".

Results by Discipline

This report examines the engagement preferences of Toronto-area performing arts attendees before, during and after performances. The report is based on nearly 3,700 responses to a survey distributed by 20 performing arts organizations that are members of the Creative Trust.

Hill Strategies has analyzed Statistics Canada's 2008 data on peforming arts organizations, with a particular focus on non-profit organizations. In 2008, non-profit performing arts organizations in Canada had operating revenues of $668 million, a 1.4% increase from 2007. Operating expenses equalled operating revenues ($668 million), leaving no collective surplus or deficit in 2008. Total attendance was 13.7 million at nearly 43,000 performances, for an average of 318 attendees per performance. Single-ticket sales accounted for almost twice as much revenue as subscription tickets ($142 million vs. $75 million).

This report outlines dance organizations' current audience engagement practices and examines "the field's philosophy towards audience engagement and thoughts on its future role to serve dance".
This report summarizes 25 interviews in the fall of 2008 with Dance/USA members regarding their understanding of the term "audience engagement" as well as their current audience engagement activities.
This report, based on a survey of 89 performing arts organizations in the spring of 2009, examines the financial implications of the recession on theatres, orchestras, operas and dance companies in Canada. Unfortunately, the report does not provide an estimate of the margin of error, given the number of survey respondents.

Statistics Canada recently released a very brief text overview and summary data of performing arts organizations in 2007. Total revenues were $1.2 billion for all performing arts groups in 2007, a 2.8% increase from 2006 (not adjusted for inflation).

A Description of Quality Music Programs, Kindergarten to Graduation

This report provides lists of the elements that are essential for a comprehensive, multifaceted and sequential music education program in schools. Among these elements:

· "Every student shall study music in each grade in elementary school."

· In secondary school, students should have the opportunity to choose from a variety of music programs that are available to them in every academic year.

· Students should have the opportunity to participate in a range of musical performances, both in the school and in the community.

· Students should have creative musical experiences and understand the joy of participation.

This report from Hill Strategies Research finds that, on average, performing arts organizations generate $2.70 in revenues for every dollar received from governments. The report also shows that fundraising revenues grew the most between 1996-97 and 2006-07.

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Statistics Canada's 2006 performing arts survey provides detailed statistics about non-profit and for-profit theatre, musical theatre, dinner theatre, opera, dance, musical groups and others. Total revenues were $1.2 billion for all performing arts groups in 2006, a 0.6% decrease from 2005 (not adjusted for inflation).