Here’s some of our bedtime reading. We add reports and policy documents which we enjoy to our library. Enjoy!

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Note: all publications listed below remain the property of their authors and were freely available from the internet at the time of downloading or linking. If one of these is yours, and you’d like us to remove it, just ask.

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning in the Arts – A Practical Guide – Michael Kaiser

Superb, free 145 page book from ‘The Turnaround King’ & President of the Kennedy Centre, Michael Kaiser.

International Tickets and Pricing studies

Arts Council England: Call it a tenner – the role of pricing in the arts, 2007

A comprehensive and readable guide to pricing and the role pricing can play in strategic planning. Extremely interesting, and challenges some common misconceptions.

International Economic Impact Studies

Dominic Shellard for Arts Council England – Economic Impact of theatres, 2004

The one that started it all – Dominic Shellard’s groundbreaking 2004 study includes the Shellard Formula which remains the most widely used economic impact formula.

Arts Council England: Theatre Assessment – England, 2009

Chichester Festival Theatre – Economic Impact Study, 2010

Auckland City Performing Arts & Theatre District studies:

Professional Performing Arts Venue Study Needs Analysis 2011 – Auckland City

Raises more questions than it answers, but shows a Council trying to get their head around ways to plan for the future of venue provision in Auckland. Makes no qualitative or benchmarking assessments of existing provision, however, so is of limited use.

Auckland Professional Performing Arts Venue Study 2007

Aotea Quarter Action Plan, 2010 – 2015

Governance Reports & Options studies:

Study on modes of governance of performing arts venues, Hong Kong, 2010

Theatre Venue Reports and Options/Feasibility studies:

Derby Hippodrome Options Appraisal Report – 17.04.12

Latham Architects in association with PHT Consultants: Derby Hippodrome: Options Appraisal Report, 2012

RGA: Review of the Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2009

Positive Solutions: Aberdeen Performing Arts Venues, 1999

Paul Iles: Hull City Hall & New Theatre Review, 2004

Positive Solutions: Buxton Opera House Business Plan, 1998

The Laughing Audience: Pitlochry Festival Theatre Artistic Policy Review, 2002

Audience Experience:

All the World’s a Stage: Venues and Settings, and the Role They Play in Shaping Patterns of Arts Participation

Extremely interesting exploration of new ideas around the functions of cultural venues, which should make boards and executives consider how to future-proof their venues.

Cultural Venues – Best practice Annual Reports

The communications value of a well-written and presented annual report & accounts is increasingly recognised by cultural venues in the UK. Here’s some that we like.

Battersea Arts Centre London Annual Report 2010-11

National Theatre London Annual Review 2010-11

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema Berwick-upon-Tweed Annual Report & Accounts, 2010-11

Sydney Theatre Company Sydney Annual Report, 2011