Is music the most democratic art form? Making Music, Making Communities symposium report released

On 29th June, SPARC and the Urban Institute hosted a one-day, interdisciplinary symposium, convening a gathering of researchers and practitioners from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. SPARC research fellow Dr Michael Bonshor has written the following reflective report on the day – read it here!     

New study on links between communities and leisure time music groups

The beneficial effects of music on the health and well-being of participants are well known, but what about its effect on local communities? A new report on the impact of music on local communities, authored by SPARC director Professor Stephanie Pitts, is launched today. Working in conjunction with a leading …

UACA featured in ‘Arts Professional’ and ‘The Stage’

We’re excited to see that our Understanding Audiences for Contemporary Arts (UACA) project has been recognised recently by two leading industry publications. You can read the article in Arts Professional (the UK’s arts management journal for industry professionals) here, and read about UACA in The Stage (the world’s longest-running publication for the performing arts industry) here. …

Dr Jonathan Gross on creating cultural democracy

Dr Jonathan Gross (a former post-doctoral research associate at SPARC) has co-authored a new report that calls for ‘everyday creativity’ to be taken seriously. Only 8% of people make regular use of publicly funded art, but every day people are getting creative by making their own versions of culture. Towards Cultural …

New article on “audience exchange”

SPARC is happy to announce the publication of a new article by Prof. Stephanie Pitts (SPARC Director) and Dr Jonathan Gross in the online journal Arts and the Market:  “ ‘Audience exchange’: cultivating peer-to-peer dialogue at unfamiliar arts events” The paper demonstrates the usefulness of the “audience exchange” approach for audience development …