Building Arts Audiences
APAP and The Wallace Foundation support arts organizations’ efforts to reach new audiences and deepen relationships with current audiences. Together, we are proud to share The Wallace Foundation's findings and resources on audience-building efforts with the performing arts field.
What you’ll find here:
Best practices you can start using now
Case studies of success and failure in growing audiences
How you can engage more deeply with these resources
The Wallace Foundation has identified nine practices that successful audience-building efforts have had in common. Review the nine practices and read more about them in the downloadable report, The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences.
Recognize When Change Is Needed
Identify the Target Audience that Fits
Determine What Kinds of Barriers Need to be Removed
Take Out the Guesswork
Think Through the Relationship
Provide Multiple Ways In
Align the Organization Around the Strategy
Build In Learning
Prepare for Success
Focusing on one of the nine effective practices, this guide Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences, seeks to help arts organizations get over the hurdles of research. It details how to carry out the research effectively – in both low-cost and more elaborate ways – and how to bring together an organizational team to manage the work. This separate infographic summarizes the guide’s key points.
These principles emerged from case studies of ten arts organizations that undertook audience-building projects as part of the Wallace Excellence Awards initiative. You can read more examples of successes and challenges from the work of museums, opera companies, a theater and other institutions.
5 Minutes to Shine: "Building Arts Audiences" Competition
The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to Shine” (5MTS) competition is an opportunity to share a compelling story about an individual's or organization’s stellar idea aimed at audience development at APAP|NYC 2018. Stories are based upon one or more strategies identified in The Wallace Foundation publication The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences. Applications will be available in the fall of 2017.
At APAP|NYC 2015, APAP and the Wallace Foundation hosted a professional development session on Welcoming New Audiences featuring participants from case studies. Listen to the audio recording to learn about their strategies, successes and setbacks.
Learn more about the vision behind the Building Arts Audience initiative, visit the Wallace Foundation website at ThrivingArts.org.
Inside Arts articles on Building Audiences
APAP has reported on the importance of building arts audiences, the tools and research needed to this and how the 5 Minutes to Shine competition brings forth new ideas.