COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

The Australia Council is working with Patternmakers and WolfBrown to understand changes in behaviours and sentiments of arts-goers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tracking study is designed to support important decision-making and forward planning across the sector in the coming months. 

Baseline data was collected in a cross-sector collaborative survey process involving 159 arts and culture organisations, including museums, galleries, performing arts organisations and festivals. 

Results from the third phase of the study are now available, with the key insights outlined in a snapshot report and data provided through the Audience Outlook Monitor dashboard. 

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Arts engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID19- pandemic has impacted our daily lives in many ways including how we engage with arts and creativity. Necessary restrictions around public gatherings and travel have resulted in the closure of cultural venues and cancellation or postponement of events and programs. Many artists and arts organisations have pivoted to digital content during this time.

To gain insights into how Australians are engaging with the arts in COVID-19 lockdown, the Australia Council commissioned Lonergan Research to explore this topic as part of their regular Omnibus Survey.

This summary presents key findings including online arts engagement, creation, reading and the reasons for engaging with the arts. 

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Summary of COVID-19 impact surveys (Last updated 6 April 2020)

Many artists, organisations, venues, galleries and communities are being impacted by COVID-19 in the short term and are expecting longer term effects.

In the wake of restrictions on public gatherings and travel, a number of peak bodies initiated surveys to track impacts of the pandemic on artists and arts organisations. The Australia Council has brought together the results of the surveys, along with context and commentary, to build a picture of the impacts of COVID-19 across the sector.

This summary will be updated as new information becomes available so please check back regularly.

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Please see survey links below for further detail, and if you would like to contribute your own experiences.

I Lost My Gig Australia: For performers, production, crew and others who have lost work through the cancellation of concerts, conferences, events or festivals.

PAC Australia and Culture Counts are working together to amalgamate data collection. Event producers, presenters, supporters and venue managers working within the broader cultural sector can provide information about how the COVID-19 situation has affected their business and if they are adapting their strategies to continue reaching audiences in the current climate.

The survey is available through both Culture Counts and PAC Australia, but you need only respond to one to be counted in the combined results.

Culture Counts COVID-19 Impact on Cultural Industries

PAC Australia CIVID-19 Impact on Venues

NAVA: COVID-19 arts impacts: For visual artists or visual arts organisations impacted by cancellations or changes to events, programs or activities.

Diversity Arts Australia: Lost Work for Artists and Creatives of Colour: For culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) creatives affected by cancellations and postponements in the creative industries.

Impact of COVID-19 on writing practice: For writers and others in the literature sector who have experienced cancellation of events and subsequent loss of income.

Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey: For dance professionals who have been impacted by COVID-19 through lost income and project cancellations.

MEAA: Coronavirus and you: Have you lost work? For workers in the media, entertainment and arts industries affected by COVID-19.

Effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on screen production: For the Australian screen industry to share how coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected their production slate and release schedule.

Impacts of COVID-19 on First Nations arts and culture

This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs, concerns and potentially catastrophic impacts for First Nations arts and culture in light of COVID-19. This includes potential for the most significant loss of arts, culture and language since the arrival of the First Fleet. Drawing on research and sector intelligence, the paper highlights opportunities for First Nations arts specific support and cross-portfolio advocacy and engagement.

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