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The arts after Brexit: the impact of the UK's departure from the EU on its cultural relations with EU members states
Study conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester, in conjunction with Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, of the impacts of Brexit on the health, confidence, and sustainability of the UK arts and cultural sector. Provides a provisional assessment of the emotional, creative and financial impacts of Brexit and outlines how institutions have reacted to the referendum result and prepared themselves for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
A full listing of reference products and research reports from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.
Report from Mintel covering the UK performing arts.
Statistics on the UK
Society of London Theatre
A box office data report is produced annually by the Society of London Theatre. Includes data on audience attendance, gross revenue, average ticket price and number of performances across its member venues.
UK Theatre publishes an annual sales data report based on information collected from its member venues. Data includes number of productions, number of performances, tickets sold, box office income, capacity achieved and average ticket price asked and achieved. Figures are broken down by venue type.
The Theatres Trust provides information on the number of theatres in the UK.
Office for National Statistics
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:
- number of enterprises;
- total turnover;
- approximate gross value added at basic prices;
- total purchases of goods, materials and services;
- total employment – average during the year;
- total employment costs;
- total net capital expenditure;
- total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
- total net capital expenditure – disposals;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:
- Performing arts (90.01)
See Section R: Arts, entertainment and recreation
- Support activities to performing arts (90.02)
See Section R: Arts, entertainment and recreation
HM Revenue & Customs
GOV.UK publishes annual statistics from HM Revenue and Customs on the creative industries. Covers the take-up of the creative industries' tax reliefs including theatre tax relief.
Statistics on the Americas
The Broadway League publishes statistics for Broadway in NYC for the past five seasons including grosses, attendance, playing weeks, play/musical breakdowns and average paid admission. Figures are also available for Touring Broadway.
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings(ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.
The data includes average employment costs for:
- authors, writers
- actors, entertainers
- dancers and choreographers
- arts officers, producers and directors.
Skills for theatre: Developing the pipeline of talent
Report published by UK Parliament in May 2017 as part of the Communications Committee's inquiry into skills for the theatre industry. Investigates the barriers young people face in entering the theatre industry and the impact on the sector's future success.
Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.
Corporation Tax: creative industry tax reliefs
Guidance published by GOV.UK on how to qualify and claim for Corporation Tax creative industry tax reliefs including Theatre Tax Relief.
Information and research from Arts Council England for arts and cultural organisations offering practical step-by-step guidance, case studies and country-focused details to help navigate the post-Brexit touring landscape.
Touring Europe - checklists for the arts, cultural, creative and heritage sectors
Guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on steps to take when planning a tour of Europe. Includes checklists for musicians and the visual and performing arts sectors.
Impact of Brexit on the media, sport and entertainment industries
Article from law firm DLA Piper on what Brexit and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) means for the media, sport and entertainment industries. Issues are specifically explored in relation to broadcasting, territorial licensing, state aid and competition, entertainment industry and immigration, copyright and trade marks, sport, advertising and content and data.
The arts, culture and heritage sectors and the EU
Guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for the arts, culture and heritage sectors on working with the EU. Areas covered include employees, data, visiting Europe, services, movement of goods, EU funding, recruiting from outside the UK and the Global Talent visa.
UK business guides
The Theatres Trust provides resources and advice for UK theatres on areas including grants and funding.
UK Theatre published the report Theatre touring in the 21st century - an exploration of new financial models in 2015. Explores current funding models for touring theatre, international models and potential options for the future. The appendices include a useful summary of funding models and two case studies
UK key players, ratios and trends
Database maintained by the Theatres Trust containing information on almost 4,000 theatre buildings. Includes historic records and buildings still in use as theatres.
The websites of trade bodies and other organisations in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.
- Arts Council England
- Arts Council of Northern Ireland
- Arts Council Wales
- Association of British Theatre Technicians
- Creative Industries Federation
- Creative Scotland
- Independent Theatre Council
- Society of London Theatre
- Stage Management Association
- Theatres Trust
- UK Theatre
- Federal Association of Independent Theatres (Germany)
- German Theater Association
- Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE)
- Broadway League (US)
- Theatre Communications Group (US)
- Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
Trade journals and publications
Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.
- Arts Professional (UK)
- Theatres Magazine (UK)
- Sightline (UK)
- The Stage (UK)
- American Theatre
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