Enthusiasm, joy, happiness, excitement, learning and enrichment…
These are the feelings we often associate with the shared experience of live music performance. Melbourne Recital Centre wanted to understand more about the impact that music heard in its inspiring spaces has on concertgoers’ feelings of wellbeing. In late 2015, it began a research project with a multi-disciplinary team from The University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication, Centre for Music, Mind and Wellbeing and Melbourne Business School to investigate the dimensions of wellbeing around enrichment, community and immersion.
The research project yielded a range of interesting results across all three dimensions with 92% of surveyed audience members reporting a feeling of increased personal wellbeing directly enhanced by an experience at Melbourne Recital Centre. One of the key findings relating to an audience member’s preference for the Centre was due to a feeling of personal connection to the performers, other audience members, the staff, the venue and Melbourne’s larger cultural precinct leading to a sense of fulfilment and excitement about engaging with Melbourne Recital Centre.
Audiences commented on everything from the ‘beautiful venue’ to the ‘comfortable seats’ to the ‘magical, uplifting and inspiring’ performances with one audience member saying they ‘came away from a truly wonderful concert . . . feeling on top of the world’. We’re grateful to be able to work with the University of Melbourne on this wonderful initiative and look forward to future collaborations into audience wellbeing.
You can discover more by downloading the full survey report in the ‘Downloads’ section.