Have You Read The Culture Track 2017 Report Yet?

Self-described as an organization “dedicated to addressing the most pressing challenges facing the worlds of culture and creativity through research, education, dialogue, and action” Culture Track, developed by cultural marketing agency LaPlaca Cohen,  recently released the latest edition of their triennial national research study of the behaviors and characteristics of 4,000 US cultural consumers.

Reports are released on a three year cycle and each installment tends to dovetail on developments from the most recent version.

Building on the findings from our 2014 study, the 2017 study finds that the definition of culture has expanded even further – possibly to the point of extinction. New behaviors are driving digital engagement, loyalty, and giving. And measuring, proving, and articulating social impact has never been more important in the eyes of cultural consumers.

For the first time, the 2017 report will be released in a number of versions: a top-line report, a supporting data document containing over two hundred graphs, and the raw data tables.

You can peruse the data online via their online microsite or you can download the report and related data in pdf format.

We’ll be examining some point soon but in the meantime, have you read the report? If so, I’m curious to know what jumps out at you.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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