Postgraduate opportunities for audience researchers

Long-time friends of SPARC, the ‘Understanding Audiences’ team at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, are advertising a funded PhD project in partnership with the Barbican, with an application deadline of March 28th 2016.  The project will focus in the area of understanding audiences and investigate concepts of ‘audience experience’ in artistic contexts, with the precise title of the PhD to be negotiated with the successful candidate. It will explore relationships between individuals and not-for-profit corporate bodies from both perspectives, including engagement with the venue as a space and as an idea/ethos/brand. It will attempt to understand how that engagement translates into virtual spaces, including online. It will also assess critically how these things might most usefully be measured. The successful candidate will have the opportunity, potentially, to influence policy directly at one of the world’s landmark arts centres.  The studentship is aimed at creative and dynamic thinkers with a good first degree in relevant subjects such as Music, Drama/Theatre Studies, Fine Art, Social Sciences and Marketing, and either a Master’s or equivalent professional experience in a relevant sector. Applications must be submitted online by 28 March 2016.  Further details about the application process and requirements can be found here:

Meanwhile, at SPARC’s home, the University of Sheffield music department, there are still places on our MA in Psychology of Music, with funding available via the new postgraduate loan scheme for eligible candidates: