MiCN Research Projects & Surveys
Updated 4 January, 2013
The Music in Communities Network is currently involved in small research projects on the topics community music groups in Australia, community music practise, the needs of our members, and issues affecting community-based music making.
We have just completed our second survey, of community choirs.
Stay tuned for our report!
Update - 27 July 2012
Report: Community Orchestras in Australia
The first in a series of surveys focuses on community orchestras. The results paint a picture of a diverse and creative sector embracing all age groups and playing a wide range of music.
- Over half of Australia’s community-based orchestras commission new music or have a member of the group compose for it.
- While classical music is still the most popular genre, community-based orchestras perform a wide range of music including contemporary, multicultural, baroque, and Australian music.
- There is great potential for orchestras to discover and try music which they aren’t yet playing. 46% of respondents are interested in playing a genre of music which they don’t currently play.
- Australian music ranks highly among genres that orchestras “would like to” play, if they aren’t already.
- All age categories are represented in at least 85% of adult/all-ages community orchestras.