Recent research available

At any time there is a wide range of research being undertaken by various organisations and agencies into the arts and related cultural activity.  The links below provide access to some of the most recent studies relevant to NSW.

Arts Organisations 2010 Annual Report

2011 Australia Council
Australia Council published the annual report of statistics for the Major Performing Arts sector in 2010 (formerly called Securing the Future). The report includes MPA companies and triennially funded Key Organisations).

Australia Council report on Cultural Policies in Australia

2011 Australia Council
Australia Council published the profile of Australia’s cultural policies that makes a timely contribution to the current discussions prompted by the Australian Government’s proposal to release a cultural policy. Main sections included in the report are:

  • Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments
  • General objectives and principles of cultural policy
  • Competence, decision-making and administration
  • Current issues in cultural policy development and debate
  • Main legal provisions in the cultural field
  • Financing of culture
  • Public institutions in cultural infrastructure
  • Promoting creativity and participation

A report for Arts Council England: Supporting growth in the arts economy

2011 Arts Council England
Within the series of three papers: ‘The arts economy’, ‘Place infrastructure and digital’ and ‘Towards an arts and creative economy’, Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine illustrate synergies between the arts and the creative economy and discuss suggestions for the Arts Council’s approach. The report is introduced by Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England and Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative industries, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Access to Finance for Creative Industry Businesses

2011 Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), United Kingdom
DCMS and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) published the findings of a jointly commissioned research project to examine whether creative industry businesses face greater difficulties accessing finance compared to SMEs in other sectors. The research uses a mix of statistical analysis of existing survey datasets and newly conducted interviews with SMEs and finance providers.

Reinvesting in Arts Education – Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools

2011 President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Washington, DC 20506
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released the report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.  The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers.

Economic contribution of the venue-based live music industry in Australia

2011 – The study was commissioned by APRA|AMCOS in conjunction with the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Arts NSW and Live Performance Australia.
The study examined the value of live music from a venue’s perspective and the figures demonstrate the industry’s significant contribution to the Australian economy. This, the first ever national study of the value of live music, has found that in 2009/10 the Australian live music industry injected $1.21 billion into the national economy, with total profits and wages of $652 million and supporting almost 15,000 full-time jobs. The industry also attracts strong audiences with the report finding that 41.97 million patrons attended 328,000 venue-based live music performances at 3,904 venues across Australia in 2009/10.

Creative Industries Action Plan & NSW Government Response

2013 – NSW Government – Creative Industries Taskforce
Sydney and NSW are primed for growth in the expanding global digital economy, with the convergence of creativity and information and communication technologies bringing together our leading strengths in advertising, design, music, film, animation, new media and the arts.
To ensure we capitalise on this opportunity, the NSW Government appointed an industry-led taskforce in 2012 to develop a comprehensive strategy for driving growth, innovation and productivity across the NSW creative industries.

Creative Australia – National Cultural Policy

2013 – Australian Government
Creative Australia is the Australian Government’s 2013 national cultural policy, celebrates Australia’s strong, diverse and inclusive culture. It describes the essential role arts and culture play in the life of every Australian and how creativity is central to Australia’s economic and social success: a creative nation is a productive nation.

Australia in the Asian Century White Paper

2012 – Australian Government
The Australian Government commissioned a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century to consider the likely economic and strategic changes in the region and what more can be done to position Australia for the Asian Century.

Discussion Paper: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts, Australia, 2013

2013 – Australian Bureau of Statistics
To advance the development of economic measures for these activities, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has conducted a study on the feasibility of producing cultural and creative activity satellite accounts for Australia. The feasibility study concludes it is possible for the ABS to construct Australian cultural and creative activity satellite accounts with a reasonable level of quality using currently available data. The purpose of this discussion paper is to present the findings of the study and invite comment on the proposed approach, data and investment priorities.

The contributions of the Arts and Culture to the national economy

2013 – Arts Council of England
This independent report was commissioned by the Arts Council of England and conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). It is the first comprehensive analysis to determine this value to the modern economy on a national scale. The report details the impact the arts and cultural sector has on the UK GDP. It also indicates the significant employment percentages of people employed within the arts and cultural sector, tourist spending and that it is a growing industry.

Arts included in wellbeing measures

2013 – UK Office for National Statistics
A review of the criteria for tracking the nation’s wellbeing sees arts participation included for the first time. People’s engagement in the arts is for the first time to be recognized as one of the factors that contributes to wellbeing in the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Measuring National Wellbeing Program.

Women in Theatre

2012 – Australia Council
This report was commissioned in July 2011 by The Australia Council for the Arts to bring the research on the issue of women in creative leadership in Australia up to the present day, and provide a basis for the sector to discuss these issues and to reach agreement on some strategies to address the situation. It gathers together quantitative and qualitative information on the continuing gender disparities, and attempts to identify structural barriers and potential levers for addressing entrenched inequalities.

Connecting:// Arts Australia Online

2011 – Australia Council for the Arts
This study aims to understand the role of different online channels in a vast media environment and see where the priorities might lie. It looks at the differences that social media has created in the way that art institutions think about engaging with their audiences.

Archives in the digital era

2011 – Australia Council
Many arts organisations are looking at how to archive their artworks and content for the future. This resource gives an overview of the key issues and steps in digital archiving. In a step-by-step guide the Australia Council for the Arts assists in assessing the benefits, processes and issues that organisations might face in trying to modernise their record keeping.

Arts and Education Partnerships – Stage 1 & Stage 2 reports

2009 & 2011 – VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development & Arts Victoria
The Artist in Residence Initiative (AIR) is a unique partnership between the Australia Council and State and Territory arts agencies and education departments. It aims to expose Australian students to the benefits of creative practice.
A series of reports were developed which evaluate the success of this initiative.


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