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Connecting Australians: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey

Wednesday, July 5, 2017   (0 Comments)

Many Australians have a narrow view of what the arts include, often dismissing the things we enjoy most frequently, such as listening to music, reading or going to a festival,” the Australia Council’s chief executive Tony Grybowski said. “As a result, they are underestimating the vital role the arts play in the quality of their everyday experience. Gaining this clarity is important so that when talking about the value of supporting the arts we all understand what is at stake.”

The Australia Council for the Arts has recently released the findings from the third National Arts Participation Survey. The findings confirm the significant and increasing personal value Australians place on the impact of the arts, and the ways in which they make our communities stronger and more cohesive. 

Key Findings

  • 98% of Australians engage with the arts and more people recognise the positive impacts of the arts.
  • Online and live arts experiences are both important to Australians.
  • The arts have an increasingly powerful role to play in promoting social cohesion.
  • 7 million Australians experienced First Nations arts last year – double the number in 2009.
  • Music is the most popular art form, with 97% of Australians listening to recorded music and more than half attending live music.
  • Younger Australians (aged 15-24 years) create and experience the arts at the highest rates.
  • One in four Australians give time or money to the arts, reflecting their value in our lives.

For more information about the survey, visit the official website of the Australia Council for the Arts.