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January 17, 2011

Engagement with arts & culture online

Towards the end of 2010 Arts Council England published some research into how audiences use digital media to engage with the arts. The conclusions include:

  • digital engagement augments rather than replaces the live experience
  • most are accessing information and sharing it
  • relatively small numbers at this point are using the internet to create artistic content, but this is expected to grow
  • music is the genre with the highest level of engagement
  • brands are still important when discovering and filtering content

January 25, 2010

Warning of cultural desert as music sales fall

“New licensing deals help push digital music sales to 27% of global revenues - but piracy is damaging investment in artists”

  • Global digital music trade revenues reach US$4.2 billion, up 12% in 2009
  • 400 services licensed worldwide by music companies with ISPs, mobile and other partners
  • New figures show local music collapsing in major markets as piracy bites into releases, sales and investment in France, Spain and Brazil
  • IFPI Digital Music Report highlights urgent need for legislation to curb digital piracy on ISP networks

More than a quarter of all recorded music industry revenues worldwide are now coming from digital channels, as music companies license music in partnership with ISPs and mobile operators, subscription services, streaming sites and hundreds of download stores.

However, despite the continuing growth of the digital music business - with trade revenues up 12% to an estimated US$4.2 billion in 2009 - illegal file-sharing and other forms of online piracy are eroding investment and sales of local music in major markets.

In particular, three countries known for the historic vibrancy and influence of their music and musicians - Spain, France, Brazil - are suffering acutely, with local artist album sales or the number of releases plummeting.

Governments are gradually moving towards legislation requiring ISPs to curb digital piracy. But progress needs to be much quicker. In 2009, France, South Korea and Taiwan adopted new laws to address the crisis. Other governments, including the UK and New Zealand, have proposed new laws for adoption in 2010.

These are key highlights of the IFPI Digital Music Report, published today. The Report provides an overview of the music industry's changing business models, outlines the impact of digital piracy internationally, and reviews the efforts of governments to address it.

Further detail here:

and full report here:

July 28, 2009

Use of digital technologies in the arts

Two reports commissioned by the Arts Council are now available.  The first is “Digital Content Snapshot”, a mapping document of the online presence of the ACE’s regularly-funded organizations:

The second is “Consuming digital arts”, produced by Synovate:

“The aim of this study was to assess understanding of, engagement with and aspirations for art in the digital space amongst the general public.”

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