My audience, our audience

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22 May 2014

A ‘big data’ perspective reveals that a quarter of so-called ‘new attenders’ aren’t new to the arts at all, and frequent attenders are exploiting ticket discounts aimed at engaging new customers. Stuart Nicolle and Hannah Mitchell explain what’s going on.

It’s England, Jim, but not as you know it

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13 Mar 2014

Liz Hill concludes that Arts Council England’s ‘This England’ report is based on a carefully constructed analysis designed to disguise a London-centric funding strategy and preserve the status quo.

Fairer funding for all

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03 Mar 2014

In light of the current debate about ACE's distribution of funding, Carol Reid explains how the regional allocation formula built into Youth Music's grant-making process is leading to a more equitable balance across its portfolio.

Back to the future

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26 Feb 2014

When it comes to audience data, Michael Nabarro says technology should be helping return us to our roots and emphasise what makes our sector special.

Crime, evidence and the arts

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26 Feb 2014

Jessica Plant and Kate Davey argue that arts interventions in the criminal justice system have demonstrated positive outcomes, but longitudinal research is now needed.

The great switchover

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10 Feb 2014

Switching to a new ticketing system requires a lot of meticulous planning and the actual switchover day is very very tense, warns Harvinder Singh.

Developing digital public space

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10 Feb 2014

The growing demand for a digital public space, displaying work outside galleries through a variety of visual media, excites Mike Stubbs.

Managing your membership scheme

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03 Feb 2014

In Alex Youel’s second article on membership schemes, he shines a light on operational aspects as the scheme grows.

Energy evidence paints mixed picture

12 Dec 2013

New reporting on environmental impact has generated baseline figures, but progress is being hindered by lack of data.

Gauging digital depth

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19 Nov 2013

What sets the 'cultural digerati' apart from the rest? Hasan Bakhshi reflects on the findings of the ‘Digital Culture’ research into how arts and cultural organisations are using digital technology.

Creating web content in context

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29 May 2013

John Birchall discusses the potential conflicts and tensions behind creating future-proof web content.

Fundraising made easy

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07 Mar 2013

David Dixon is convinced that fundraising in the arts sector is relatively easy, provided arts organisations make good use of all their resources.

Diversity planning

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07 Mar 2013

Jenny Williams suggests some questions the arts sector should be asking in response to the 2011 Census findings relating to ethnicity/identity and migration.

Sector misses out on the ‘big data opportunity’

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28 Feb 2013

A philosophy of dependence, subsidy and market failure are divorcing the cultural sector from the benefits of data-driven policy and strategy, says Nesta report.

The source of being smart

10 Dec 2012

What does working smarter in the arts sector mean? Julie Tait describes a project exploring staffing, technology and audience data.

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