Donations to performing arts organisations in the UK have fallen by 12% in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, new data analysis has revealed.
Consulting firm TRG Arts and data specialists Purple Seven analysed information from 39 performing arts organisations across the UK - including theatres, concert halls and arts centres - and 66 venues in North America.
The Covid-19 Sector Benchmark Insight Report, which details the findings, is the second publication in a series that is being released during the pandemic crisis and recovery.
According to the data, despite widespread initiatives to convert cancelled tickets to donations, there has been no overall growth in donations in either the UK or North America, which saw a 2% fall.
However, some individual organisations saw substantial increases in the value of philanthropic gifts they received.
Other key findings:
• In the first six months of 2020, gifts of more than £80,000 accounted for 69% of all revenue for UK venues, compared to 68% the previous year.
• Half of UK organisations reported increased donations.
• 29% reported growth in donations of more than 100%.
• 11% of UK venues reported growth in donations of more than 400%.
Purple Seven chief executive Stuart Nicolle said: "It is encouraging to see that some UK-based organisations have used the crisis to dramatically increase the volume and value of gifts generated from their patrons.
"To flourish in the future, organisations will need to work hard to ensure this is not a one-off gesture of goodwill, but the first step towards growing a more loyal audience that engages both through ticket buying and philanthropy.”