Conclusions and Implications

  • Ben WalmsleyEmail author
Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)


This chapter draws out the key findings and conclusions from the book and explores their implications for the evolving field of audience studies, and, most significantly, for the future of audience research in the performing arts. It hones in on the phenomenon of engagement and outlines how this core concept might be fruitfully reconceptualised to move the field and the performing arts sector forwards. The chapter considers the implications of the book’s findings for external stakeholders, including arts and cultural organisations, artists and arts professionals, and policymakers. It makes the case for audience-centric organisations fuelled by mutually beneficial relationships of artistic exchange. Finally, the chapter offers some overall conclusions and speculates about the likely direction of future research in the field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School Performance Cultural IndustriesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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