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Audiences, performers and live music: empirical approaches to understanding arts experiences

To explore the purposes and practicalities of empirical research with audiences and performers

To consider the roles of audience members as musical participants

To illustrate the musical, social and personal richness of audience experience in different contexts

To investigate the perceived relationships between audiences and performers

To explore musicians’ perspectives on live performance

To consider the relevance of our research for arts organisations, musicians, educators and researchers