Understanding the cultural sector: research and studies

As part of the Creative City and live music and performance action plans, we routinely undertake study to support policy development and improve our understanding of the creative industry.

making space for culture in sydney cultural infrastructure study

Ianto Ware

Strategy Advisor - Culture

Researchers who would like to speak to the City about cultural research, please contact:

phone number
02 9246 7391
email address
[email protected]

We support independent study through our existing links with universities and research partners, and programs such as the knowledge exchange sponsorship.

Our research includes:

  • the impact of building, planning, liquor and other regulatory systems on cultural activity
  • international best practice approaches to cultural policy
  • community-driven research, including projects developed by artists, community groups and small creative businesses
  • barriers to cultural participation, attendance and employment
  • small and medium creative enterprise
  • socio-economic impacts on cultural participation.

Previous studies we have undertaken or supported can be downloaded below.

Alcohol consumption in live music venuesPDF · 487.76 KB · Last modified
Findings of the pop-up theatre pilot projectPDF · 2.5 MB · Last modified
In-kind: Creating a non-cash arts assets platformPDF · 1.01 MB · Last modified
Low risk arts and cultural venuesPDF · 2.78 MB · Last modified
Mapping culture: venues and infrastructure in the City of SydneyPDF · 11.61 MB · Last modified
Valuing live music venues in the City of SydneyPDF · 617.48 KB · Last modified
Valuing small to medium arts venuesPDF · 696.02 KB · Last modified

Design guides

Technical guidance on planning and building creative spaces, including rehearsal rooms, theatres and artist studios.