Audiences will pay for 'live digital' events, survey suggests

22 Sep 2020

70% of audiences say they are willing to pay for digital events as full capacity shows remain on ice. But the shift towards user-pays models "will be a challenge," experts warn.

Union speaks out on recompense for artists whose work is streamed

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08 May 2020

As ad hoc agreements are hastily put in place to enable performances to be streamed to audiences at home, AP has discovered an ecosystem that lacks a transparent process for creatives to claim repeat fees for recordings of their work now going online.

‘Live to digital’ screenings aren’t diversifying audiences, research finds

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02 Nov 2018

Screened versions of live performances are mostly made by large organisations and consumed by those that would attend the arts anyway.

The hills are alive… with event cinema

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22 Feb 2018

A new model of digital distribution is giving rural communities the chance to see filmed performances of dance, opera and theatre at affordable prices. Denzil Monk explains how.

The screening effect

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18 May 2017

Live-to-screen may offer plenty of opportunities for engagement on multiple channels and platforms, but we need more and better analysis to start to fulfil its potential, says Anne Torreggiani.

Breaking barriers

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06 Mar 2017

Live screenings and event cinema are diversifying audiences by making art accessible and available to everyone, argues Daniel Fountain.

Digital initiative to drive community screenings

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27 Jan 2017

A new digital distribution platform is piloting an initiative that will see filmed performances by leading cultural institutions screened in community venues including arts centres, libraries and pubs.

Live cinema a gateway to the arts, report claims

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09 Jun 2016

New industry-wide research finds the majority of live cinema audiences are regular cultural attenders, but a significant proportion are inspired to try wider arts events for the first time.

Screenings are cannibalising live audiences, says ETO

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20 May 2016

The sector needs to start from scratch and develop a national strategy for screening or audiences will continue to lose out, warns English Touring Opera.

Survey to examine fallout from live to digital streaming

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29 Apr 2016

The impact of streamed, screened and on-demand broadcasts on live theatre and touring is to be assessed by a new study.

Live to digital

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11 Feb 2016

When Pilot Theatre first livestreamed a theatre production eight years ago, it did not foresee this leading to a significant new income stream, says Marcus Romer.

Sector split on need for national screening strategy

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01 May 2015

Some performing arts producers and venues report that screenings are negatively affecting their organisations, but the big players are split on whether structured reform to the industry is necessary.

Progress promised on rebalancing England’s arts funding

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06 Mar 2015

The Government gives its backing to the geographic re-distribution of arts funding but remains silent on key Select Committee recommendations.

Opera and ballet review exposes venue/company friction

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04 Jul 2014

The failure to share data is hindering audience development and must be addressed as a condition of funding, says ACE.

Cinema screenings fail to create a new audience for opera

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30 May 2014

Live broadcasts are attracting a dedicated older audience who value affordability and accessibility, a new survey has found.

Sharing audiences

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15 Oct 2012

Kate Rolfe explains how RADA and Curzon Cinemas are working together to encourage their respective audiences to broaden their cultural experiences.

Marketing with customer insight

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09 Oct 2012

When it opened in 2009 the cinema screen at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable saw average audiences of about 40 people, but data-led marketing has worked wonders, explains Claire McFauld.

Into the light

23 Jul 2012

Lesley Anne Rose describes Stellar Quines’s journey from analogue to digital – and the bright light at the end of the tunnel

Looking to the future

09 Apr 2012

Deborah Herring describes how the ICA Student Forum is helping aspiring arts practitioners to develop their skills; to the benefit of their peers and the wider ICA audience


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