Posted on 21 November 2018
In this talk Pitts shared some of the initial findings of an AHRC project on contemporary arts audiences, which aims to make comparisons of audience experience across art forms and cities, working with partner organisations in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and London. Through in-depth interviews with 135 audience members in the last year, the research has looked at routes into contemporary arts engagement and experiences of challenge and risk for arts attenders. The first stages of analysis have found some ways in which contemporary music appears to be different from other art forms in its appeal to new and regular audiences, and this talk will consider the implications of this for composers, performers and listeners.
Stephanie Pitts is a professor in the music department of the University of Sheffield and has research interests in musical participation, audiences, and music education. She has recently collaborated with Making Music on a study of how amateur music groups contribute to their localities, and is now working on academic publications and a sector handbook from the Understanding Audiences project.