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Art Smarts October 2011

Welcome to this edition of Art Smarts

Art Smarts is one of the tools we offer through the research hub, to raise the profile of arts research, and promote discussion and debate about key issues that arise from the research being undertaken in the sector.  

To this end, we will shortly host what we want to be the first of a series of discussions and conversations about research in the arts.   A research colloquium ‘Engaging Young Audiences’ will be held on 17 November at the Australia Council, as an opportunity to share insights about research into young people’s engagement with the arts.

The research colloquium stems from one of our research partnerships, the ARC linkage project Theatre Space: Accessing the Cultural Conversation. However, it goes wider to look at current issues around young people’s participation across a range of art forms. There will be a keynote speech by noted UK academic Mathew Reason, followed by a series of panel discussions and a summary that draws the discussion together and points to a future agenda for research.  To find out more about the day and register, visit Engaging Young Audiences research colloquium on the research hub.

Nick Herd

Research and Strategic Analysis

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In the news

State of the media: The social media report
Nielsen, Q3 2011
Social media's popularity continues to grow, connecting people with just about everything they watch and buy. The latest Nielsen insights provide some answers on exactly how powerful this in?uence is on consumer behavior, both online and off.

Democracy vs Creativity in Classical Music
ArtsHub, 10 October 2011
An extract from the latest Currency Press Platform Paper, Democracy versus Creativity in Australian Classical Music by Nicole Canham. In her insightful and thought provoking essay Canham considers the legacy of ‘Creative Nation, the on going issues facing classical music and where the opportunities to better engage with broader audiences may be.

Digital media prone to content influx
The Australian, 21 September 2011
Digital media should be regulated to ensure Australian content levels do not fall, an inquiry into the future communications landscape has said. While traditional media such as film, television and radio are subject to Australian content regulations, new platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, apps and interactive media are not.

The art of business creativity
Business Spectator, 27 September 2011
Business and the arts usually mix like oil and water. However, to be successful at either, you need the ability the think creatively.  For a great example of business creativity, check out this ‘virtual’ store initiative from UK grocery chain, Tesco, which significantly boosted its market positioning in South Korea.

Mass appeal is a monster success at museums
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2011
Pop culture exhibitions are drawing the crowds.  It is almost two months away but about 15,000 tickets have already been sold, bringing in at least $400,000. It is not a rock concert or a big stage production but a museum exhibition. The drawcard is Harry Potter and the film franchise's costumes, props and other wizardly artefacts at the Powerhouse Museum.

WA arts companies receive major gifts of Fortescue shares
AMPAG, 01 September 2011
West Australia’s four major performing arts companies have each been presented with a generous major gift of Fortescue Metals Group shares from Andrew and Nicola Forrest, providing a boost to each company and demonstrating a unique way of providing philanthropic support. 



Music festivals broken down
ArtsHub, 12 September 2011
A new report released by Moshtix reveals that Australians are concerned about the rising cost of music festival ticket prices, but are happy to pay more if it will help the environment.  The level of quality in organising a music festival has greatly improved with larger venues, better facilities & technology and tighter security just some of the factors mentioned by respondents.

Creative partnerships: Intersections between the arts, culture and other sectors
IFACCA, 3-6 October 2011
A discussion paper prepared for the 5th World Summit on Arts & Culture Melbourne, 3-6 October, 2011. This paper represents one of the first attempts to research and analyse creative intersections, their forms and structures and the policies that influence them. The objective of the research project was to look at the ways that artists are working in diverse settings (from communities through to the commercial sector) and the nature of partnerships (=intersections‘) that exist between the arts and other sectors.

Are the creative industries inherently risky?
Demos, 10 October 2011
A new report examining the role that the creative industries have to play in Britain's economic future. The report explores the way in which risk operates in the sector, debunking the perception that the creative industries are riskier that other businesses, as well as challenging the way that Government classifies and reports on the sector.

$1.21 billion live music survey: time the Government gave back
The Music Network 21 September 2011
A new Ernst & Young study entitled The Economic Contribution Of The Venue-Based Live Music Industry In Australia, states that the Australian live music industry injected $1.21 billion into the national economy in 2009/10.

Collective intelligence draft paper
NESTA, October 2011
Collective Intelligence and the ways to achieve it are of great relevance to contemporary debates on innovation: as the stock of human knowledge increases and fields become more specialised, a bigger role is being played by teams and networks rather than lone individuals.

Music & healthcare
Carnegie Hall & WolfBrown
A paper Commissioned by the Musical Connections Program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This paper highlights selectively some of the extensive research on ways in which music has been used to promote health in specific areas of illness and/or care.

The CCI Narrative: research for a creative Australia
CCI, 24 August 2011
Essentially, the story of the CCI has been to give substance to the link between creative industries and innovation, to explore its implications for our core academic discipline fields and several policy domains and, working with industry and community, to assist in its application in practical circumstances. In short, it has sought to mainstream innovation in and through the creative industries for policy consideration, deepen it for academic engagement, and apply it for industry and community benefit.

NFP sector governance under the microscope
Centre for Social Impact, 28 September 2011
The 2011 Directors Social Impact Study was launched in Sydney. Australia's only study examining the governance of the not-for-profit (NFP) sector and the contribution made by its directors, it has been conducted by the Centre for Social Impact on behalf of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Based on almost 2,000 individual members of the AICD, the study revealed that more than two-thirds of company directors are currently holding not-for-profit directorships, spending on average almost seven working weeks per annum towards their director’s duties, with almost 90% doing so on a voluntary basis. 

Excellence in Research for Australia: Lessons learnt and next steps forward for the HASS disciplines and clusters.
Media kit - Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Download the media kit by clicking the above link.

Culture, knowledge & understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone
Arts Council England, September 2011
A companion to the10-year strategic framework for the arts Achieving great art for everyone, this publication is a first attempt to integrate museums and libraries into this framework.

Discussion papers & policies

Convergence Review
On 19 September 2011, the Convergence Review Committee released five detailed discussion papers to address a range of issues and options for consideration by the committee and stakeholders.

Not too late to contribute to national cultural policy - Crean
There are only two weeks left to have your say on the future of arts, culture and the creative industries in Australia. Consultation on the discussion paper closes at midnight, Friday 21 October 2011. So far there have been almost 15,000 visits to this site and over 1,100 survey responses to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper.


Cranking up the live music industry
The Drum Opinion, 19 September 2011
Paul Mason, director music at the Australia Council writes about the survey of the venue based live music industry and what the results mean for the sector. 

Why continue a career in the arts?
Artsblog, September 2011
With the national focus shifting from the financial crisis to job creation (and now, this week back to the financial crisis once more), I thought I would use my personal story as a midcareer arts administrator to help shed light on the impact the economy is having on jobs in this field.


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