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COMPLETE THE 'BOOMERS OR BUST' ARTS ONLINE SURVEY - AND BE IN THE DRAW TO WIN AN IPAD MINI OR $450 GIFT VOUCHER!
IAF (The Independent Arts Foundation (SA) Inc)
For nearly 50 years the arts in Australia have grown on the back of three things: government funding, sponsorship and box office. So, what happens now that the biggest generation in history – baby boomers and those just beyond the boom – is reaching retirement? Does more time mean more time for the arts? Or will personal budget pressures and other factors mean a decline in audience numbers?
Published ABS figures show that the average South Australian lives longer than other Australians. The Independent Arts Foundation (IAF) is undertaking a major project to develop ways of encouraging older people to attend arts and entertainment events, and to make this an easier and more affordable proposition.
IAF has commissioned research – the biggest study of its kind undertaken in Australia - to ascertain people’s attitudes and behaviours relating to attending arts and entertainment events, as they become more time-rich. As people grow older, we need to know what affects their decisions to attend, or not. Is it due to the cost, a reluctance to travel at night or a reluctance to go to the theatre if they are now alone?
IAF has engaged McGregor Tan Research to conduct an online survey of the 365,000+ people in South Australia aged 60+ and the first wave of baby boomers approaching retirement.
Respected arts icon and IAF Chairman, Frank Ford AM, founder of the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, knows the importance to the arts of its audience:
“As government funding flat-lines, a sustainable arts industry will increasingly rely on growing box office earnings. This means keeping existing audiences of all ages. It is also important that people remain active as they age, and enjoy social interaction through attendance at arts events and other forms of entertainment.”
The primary concern for the IAF is to foster ongoing participation in the arts. This project is also based on a widespread recognition that engaging with the arts helps people avoid social isolation, as they grow older.
“Getting out of the house is vital for the health and wellbeing of people as they grow older. Our research seeks to determine how best to achieve such outcomes”, says Frank Ford.
The “Boomers or Bust” research project has been made possible with the assistance of the Government of South Australia, through the Office for the Ageing and Seniors Card.
Survey respondents will be entered into a draw for an iPad mini or a $450 gift voucher.
To participate in this confidential survey, IAF is asking people to visit this website http://www2.mcgregor.com.au/9800IAF/9800IAF.htm, where information about the project can be found, along with the actual survey, which can only be completed online.
Participation in the survey needs to be completed by Sunday, 15 December.
SEEKING WRITERS, DIRECTORS, STAGE MANAGERS AND CREW
Venture Theatre Company
Are you passionate about theatre? Are you interested in developing skills in various area? Are you looking for a chance to try your hand at various aspects of theatre?
Venture Theatre Company is located in Christies Beach and we are currently in need of writers, directors, stage managers and crew to assist with our shows. We are also always looking for new actors to get onstage too.
If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Luke Wagner at email@example.com with some info about yourself and your areas of interest.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
FAME TRAIN - NEW PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL IN ADELAIDE
All in the name of Fame
Fame Train is a unique performance school offering classes for dance, acting and singing. We provide a safe and nurturing environment, focused on teaching our students about the nature of performance and the importance of energy. We want our adult students to unlock their inner child and we want to amplify the imagination of our younger pupils. We believe that grading your performance takes the fun out of it, so you won’t be tested by us. Fame Train classes are energetic and social, bringing people together to create memorable experiences. At Fame Train everyone is given the opportunity to perform!
Who drives Fame Train?
We are a young, energetic husband and wife team who have a passion for performance and entertainment. Originally from opposite sides of the world we met whilst working as performers onboard cruise ships and have both been in the entertainment business since childhood. We each have extensive experience in the industry and understand the individual needs of each aspiring performer. We are thankful for the amazing mentors we had in the early days and feel it’s our turn to give back.
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