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, …

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 …

AHRC Research Grant success for Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts

SPARC’s bid for an AHRC research grant to extend our work with contemporary arts organisations and their audiences has been successful, and a 30 month project funded by a £428,500 grant will begin on 1st May 2017. ‘Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts’ (UACA) will build on the pilot study undertaken …

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 …