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2023 Cohort Membership
The following orchestras opted in to the IDEA Study Orchestra Cohort, in collaboration with the League of American Orchestras:
Allentown Symphony Association
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Madison Symphony Orchestra
New World Symphony
New York Philharmonic
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
San Diego Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
South Bend Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Symphony New Hampshire
The following organizations were supported by the Flinn Foundation:
Arizona Science Center
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Art Museum
The following organizations joined the open cohort:
Celebrity Series of Boston
Classic Stage Company
Flint Institute of Music
Freight & Salvage
Kimmel Cultural Campus (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts)
Montalvo Arts Center
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
The following organizations joined the Chamber Music America cohort:
Capital Region Classical
Chamber Music Cincinnati
Chamber Music Detroit
Chamber Music Raleigh
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach
Chamber Music Tulsa
Ensemble Music Society
Friends of Chamber Music, Denver
Friends of Chamber Music, Portland
Music Mondays (NYC)
San Francisco Performances
Shriver Hall Concert Series
The Schubert Club
IDEA STUDY PHASE 1
Open to all arts and culture organizations
Emerging Research Questions for Phase 1 (2023)
Do audience members see themselves as stakeholders in arts organizations’ EDI work?
How might arts organizations more deeply enfranchise audience members in this work?
How do audience members feel about efforts by arts organizations to diversify their artistic offerings and production practices?
What is the appetite for programs that center the artistry and stories of historically marginalized populations?
How far do audience members think individual arts organizations should go in acknowledging, deconstructing, and redressing structures of cultural production that privilege some and exclude others?
The study also represents an opportunity for participating arts organizations to develop evaluative indicators of audience support for their work in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and equity - indicators that organizations can use to monitor the degree to which their EDI work is legible to, and supported by, their audience. In this way, we hope the study will lead to a more sustained practice of audience engagement around EDI work
The IDEA Study is a special research initiative – a quantitative survey of audience attitudes about inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
Why the IDEA Study?
Many arts organizations have taken significant steps to address lack of diversity in staffing and board membership, and have adopted more equitable HR policies and practices. Some organizations have moved towards more pluralistic models of artistic leadership and have diversified programming with the aim of serving a broader public.
Many questions remain, however, as to the extent to which audience members understand themselves as stakeholders in this work, their expectations of arts organizations in this regard, and their preferences and tastes for a more diverse palette of artistic work.
Through this field-wide collaborative study, we hope to learn how arts organizations can activate audiences in their work to be more inclusive, more diverse, and more equitable.
Two Phases of Investigation
Phase one of the study in 2023 will explore audience attitudes about inclusion, diversity, and equity. Questions will cover both general attitudes and evaluative questions pertaining to participating arts organizations. In partnership with the League of American Orchestras, a first study cohort of 27 orchestras deployed the survey on April 11, 2023. Phase two of the study in 2024 will delve deeply into the accessibility needs of arts audiences.
To maximize cohort learning, participants in all cohorts must agree to share their results with other participating organizations through the WolfBrown dashboard. After the cohort study concludes, aggregated results will be shared with the larger field through the Audience Outlook Monitor Community.
For more information about the IDEA Study, contact Alan Kline, Director of Audience Research Programs at WolfBrown at email@example.com
Cohort registration opens July 10, 2023
Cohort registration closes August 11, 2023
Cohort survey deploys September 12, 2023
Available on-demand starting October 18, 2023
Note: Participating on-demand organizations will deploy the survey to their customers; results will be added to the 2023 cohort dashboard; you’ll have access to all the cohort resources, including recordings of cohort learning sessions.
Cohort participation pricing is based on your organizational expense budget.
Tier 1 (Organization expense budget of $9 million+): $2,250
Tier 2 (Organization expense budget of $3 million-$9 million): $1,950
Tier 3 (Organization expense budget of <$3 million): $1,650
A $300 surcharge applies to on demand service at other times of the year.