Dr Elizabeth Dobson joins the UACA team

The Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) team is now complete, with the appointment of Dr Elizabeth Dobson as research support officer, working part-time on the project from 1st May. Elizabeth is a scholar of American Literature, with particular skills in research management and communication that will be invaluable …

Dr Sarah Price joins UACA research team

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Price, who has been appointed Research Associate on the AHRC-funded ‘Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts’ project. Sarah completed her Collaborative Doctoral Award research with SPARC, and brings her experience of researching with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to the UACA projects’ new partnerships in Birmingham, …

AHRC administrator role now open

Could you help to run the ‘Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts’ project? We’re looking for a project administrator with good organisational and people skills, for a varied and interesting 30 month role from May 2017 – full details available at sheffield.ac.uk/jobs (search for part-time jobs in Music).

Journal of Popular Music Education

The first issue of Journal of Popular Music Education, edited by Gareth Dylan Smith and Bryan Powell, has launched and includes an article by Lucy Dearn and Stephanie Pitts on ‘(Un)popular music and young audiences’. This work draws on Lucy’s PhD study in which she took young people to classical …

AHRC post-doc vacancy

The AHRC-funded project ‘Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts’ is now recruiting a post-doctoral research associate, for a 30 month full-time position starting on 1st May 2017. Details of the post are available at sheffield.ac.uk/jobs and full details of the project and reports on its pilot stage can be found …

Making Music survey

Many thanks to the amateur music organisations from around the UK who have contributed responses to SPARC’s online survey in partnership with Making Music. Over 550 people have been in touch to tell us about the benefits of musical participation, both for their own members and for the wider communities …

New research article on choral participation

A new paper from SPARC Honorary Research Fellow Dr Michael Bonshor is out now in the International Journal of Community Music. Michael’s research considers the social benefits of choral singing, and the ways in which communities of expertise build up within choirs to increase the confidence of their members. He’s …

Ulysses Network connections

Delighted to be connecting with the Ulysses Network of researchers investigating audience experiences of contemporary music across Europe. Stephanie Pitts is external supervisor for Gina Emerson, a PhD candidate at the Institute for Cultural Innovation Research (IKI) at the University of Music and Drama in Hamburg. Read more about Gina …

New collaboration with Making Music

An exciting first meeting today with Barbara Eifler and Xenia Davis from Making Music, planning our new project on exploring the value of amateur music-making to its surrounding communities. Working alongside Deborah Chadbourn and the Classical Sheffield network, this research aims to go beyond articulating the benefits of musical participation …