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.

Key Trends for Major Performing Arts in Australia

2012 Australia Council
A snapshot of key trends compiled by the Australia Council.

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.

Creative Industries Action Plan & NSW Government Response

2014 – 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.
Read about key actions have been achieved towards implementing the NSW Government’s priorities.

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.


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