Research

Members of the SPARC team have conducted research with organisations including: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Buxton Festival; CAST, Doncaster; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO); Classical Sheffield; Contemporary Music-Making for Amateurs (CoMA); Derbyshire County Council; Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival; the Firebird Trust; the London Chamber Orchestra; Making Music; Music in the Round; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Sheffield City Council; and the Spin Jazz Club, Oxford.

For more details of these and other projects, please see our list of publications and our SPARC Research Summary.

Current Projects

2017-19 AHRC Research Grant: Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA). Exploring the engagement of contemporary arts audiences and working with arts organisations in UK cities to trial strategies for recruiting and retaining new audiences. See the UACA pages for more information and updates.

2016 A productive conference tea break conversation with staff from Making Music has led to a new project now underway, aiming to explore the impact of amateur music-making on its local communities. We began in December 2016 with an online survey, receiving an overwhelming 550+ responses which we’re still working through.