ArtsBoston Audience Initiative
Greater Boston has never had a resource for actionable data about arts audiences, and The ArtsBoston Audience Initiative directly addresses this need.
The ArtsBoston Audience Initiative (AAI) is the region’s first resource for actionable data about arts audiences specially designed to provide the information the cultural sector needs to measure, support, and promote participation in the region.
Representing a sector-wide collaboration of over 50 arts organizations in its inaugural year, the AAI helps participating organizations better understand current audiences, while also providing critical contextual insight across the local arts marketplace to help reach new audiences. As the database grows over time, the knowledge it presents will expand and deepen, providing valuable insight into the levers of market change.
Empowered with a greater understanding of both the marketplace and audience participation, arts organizations can become more nimble, cooperative and successful in their marketing and operations.
Key Benefits of the AAI
1. Understanding Audiences
Through our partnership with TRG Arts (TRG), participating organizations have access to the eMerge system, an online, user friendly interface that includes analytical tools and reports to help them better understand current audiences. In addition, TRG appends accurate demographic information to approximately 75% of the data supplied at no additional charge, which allows organizations to pull free demographic reports.
2. Improving Marketing Efficiency and Effectiveness
By better understanding where audiences are coming from and what activities they enjoy, organizations can tailor their message and target their outreach to not only engage new patrons, but get current patrons to return more often. All of the data is also run through the US Postal Service’s National Change of Address (NCOA) on a quarterly basis, helping reduce the number of returned pieces and maintaining compliance with new bulk mail regulations.
3. Contextualizing the Local Arts Marketplace
Community level reporting is available to provide critical context of how arts organizations’ audiences compare locally, both in term of other cultural organizations and within the population as a whole. In addition, because TRG administers 19 patron databases around the county, they can provide a national perspective as needed.
4. Simplifying List Trading
The AAI gives arts organizations access to over 1 million culturally active households and simplifies the direct mail list trading process between organizations. Each organization maintains 100% control of their data through a permission-based request process.
Technology Built on Experience
TRG Arts is a renowned research and marketing firm devoted to the arts sector. TRG has spent the last decade building a robust online system for arts organizations to create, pull and distribute mailing lists. By combining that system with easily accessible market research on who audiences are and could be, its eMerge platform has become the leading database system of its kind nation-wide.
A Program Built on Community Input
Greater Boston has never had a resource for actionable data about arts audiences, and The ArtsBoston Audience Initiative directly addresses this need. To ensure that the AAI is representative of the community, a Market Knowledge Taskforce of ArtsBoston members guided its development. The taskforce included reprentatives from:
American Repertory Theater
Broadway in Boston
Huntington Theatre Company
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
There is an annual fee to participate in the AAI, which is on a sliding scale based on your organizational budget size. Please see the 2014 Participation Agreement for pricing details and participation requirements.
Over 50 organizations have contributed over 1.2 million unique households since the AAI was launched in 2011. The next deadline to submit your data is just around the corner.
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