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).

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 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 …

Partnership with TUoS Concerts

Congratulations to Stewart Campbell, director of the University of Sheffield concert series, on securing Arts Council England funding for a new strand of programming which highlights contemporary composers and aims to make new music accessible to wider audiences. We’ll be carrying out some research alongside the 2016-17 series, working with performers …

New resources available for arts organisations

We’ve uploaded some of the resources from our collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to a new page on the website – arts organisations and audience researchers can now access our guides to carrying out an audience exchange and working in academic partnerships from the Resources page. We hope you …

SPARC symposium 29th April 2015

We are holding a one day symposium on Wednesday 29th April, inspired by our current collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and other contemporary arts organisations.  Practitioners and researchers are warmly invited to join us for discussions of the methods, practicalities and ethics of researching with contemporary arts audiences, …