Evaluation of the Australian Performing Arts Market 2014-2018 - Year One Report

Gattenhof, Sandra & Seffrin, Georgia (2014) Evaluation of the Australian Performing Arts Market 2014-2018 - Year One Report.



The Australia Council awarded the tender of APAMs 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the Brisbane Powerhouse. The Australia Council, in awarding the contract for the presentation of APAM by Brisbane Powerhouse, stipulated that a formal evaluation of the three iterations of APAM and activity in the intervening years be undertaken. Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Faculty, under the leadership of Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof, were contracted to undertake the formal evaluation.

This is the first year report on the Brisbane iteration of the Market. This report has drawn from data collected across a range of sources, drawing on the scoping study undertaken by Justin Macdonnell addressing the Market from 1994–2010; the tender document submitted by the Brisbane Powerhouse; in-person interviews with APAM staff, APAM Stakeholders, Vox Pops from delegates in response to individual sessions, producer company/artist case studies and, most significantly, responses from a detailed online survey sent to all delegates. The main body of the report is organised around three key research aims, as outlined in the Brisbane Powerhouse Tender document (2011). These have been articulated as:

Evaluation of international market development outcomes through showcasing work to targeted international presenters and agents

Evaluation of national market development outcomes through showcasing work to national presenters and producers

Evaluation of the exchange ideas, dialogue, skill 
development, partnerships, collaborations and co- productions and networks with local and international peers.

The culmination of the data analysis has been articulated through five key recommendations, which may assist the APAM delivery team for the next version, in 2016. In summary, the recommendations are described as:

  1. Indigenous focus to remain central to the conception and delivery of APAM

  2. Re-framing APAM’s function and its delivery

  3. Logistics and communications in a multi-venue approach, including communications and housekeeping, volunteers, catering, re-calibrating the employment of Brisbane Powerhouse protocols and processes for APAM

  4. Presentation and promotion for presenters

  5. Strategic targeting of Asian producers.

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ID Code: 78003
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Australian Performing Arts Market, cultural evaluation, arts evaluation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Sandra Gattenhof and Georgia Seffrin, Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2014 01:29
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 14:43

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