Performing Arts Support Project

KOPIS (Korea Performing Arts Box Office Information System) collects and analyzes ticket sales data, providing insights into Korea's performing arts scene, including information on theaters, productions, and consumption trends. In addition to gathering daily information from theaters/concert halls (venues), production companies, and online ticketing agencies, KOPIS plays a vital role in supporting the growth of the performing arts industry by offering comprehensive statistics and market insights. KOPIS plans to introduce a membership service, expanding its market information offerings even further. Notably, the "My Statistics" service will allow performing arts groups, production companies, and venues to directly manage their own work-related information and access tailored statistical data based on their specific needs.

Survey on the Performing Arts

Our survey on the operation and status of the performing arts market, conducted every year since 2007 as an official statistic (Approval No.11315), is authorized by Statistics Korea (KOSTAT). Performance facilities such as venues, organizations, and agencies are surveyed nationwide. It is conducted on the basis of the previous year, basic status of facilities and organizations, operation status, financial status, scale survey and operation status of performance halls, as well as domestic and foreign performance results.

The Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) is an international platform for performing arts professionals and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Korea Arts Management Service hosts PAMS every October. The primary objectives of PAMS are to invigorate Korean performances’ distribution and exportation based on diverse and active creation and production. PAMS’ diverse programs (i.e. PAMS Choice, showcases, booth exhibitions promoting troupes and their works, information sessions and networking programs) enable international performing arts professionals to share trends and information regarding global performing arts, to communicate with each other, and to seek distribution of their performances.

Journey to Korean Music

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Journey to Korean Music is a program that introduces the music and culture of Korea to world music experts from around the globe and provides support for traditional Korean bands seeking to take their music abroad. Through Journey to Korean Music, overseas experts can gain an understanding of both Korean culture and music while Korean bands can access opportunities for promotion and take steps to advance into the international market. Over 140 international world music experts, including directors and journalists, have visited Korea to take part in this program over the years.
Journey to Korean Music offers a rich experience of Korean music in all of its diversity, from traditional Korean arts in their original forms to Korean music reshaped using modern language.

Center Stage Korea

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Center Stage Korea (CSK), initiated and organized by KAMS, is a partnership program with international presenters. In co-operation with festivals, venues and networks, CSK introduces Korea’s diverse performances to audiences around the world, thus strengthening cultural enrichment, as well as mutual understanding and exchange in the field of arts. The CSK’s grant covers part of the international airfare and freight cost of invited Korean performing artists/groups and the subsidies go directly to the Korean artists/groups. The application deadline for CSK is at the end of November every year.

Center Stage Korea - Korean Focused : This program aims to foster collaboration with prominent theaters and festivals abroad, presenting Korean performing arts productions as special programs. These programs feature two or more Korean artists/groups, or highlight a Korean show as the opening or closing performance of the event.

Center Stage Korea - Tour Focused : This program is designed for one or more Korean performing artists/groups intending to tour with multiple partner organizations across various festivals and venues.

Promoting Participation of Art Markets Overseas

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The Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) is carrying out projects to support participation in overseas performing arts markets in order to expand promotion opportunities and develop these markets for Korean promoters and performing artists/groups.

Promoters can be supported :
- To participate in major overseas performing arts markets or international meetings for the promotion of their works.
- For in-depth research of overseas markets.

Performing artists/groups can be supported :
- For showcase participation when a showcase has been confirmed at international performing arts markets/festivals/etc.

Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF), held for a month every October, is one of Korea's most prestigious and captivating contemporary performing arts festivals. It showcases works from both local and international artists across various genres, including theater, dance, and multi-genre art.
SPAF hosts outstanding directors, artists and theater experts from all around the world. Being one of the leading performing arts festivals in Asia, it raises great interest from spectators and the media, and it is recognized by artists as an event that shapes and defines international standards in contemporary performing arts.

KAMS Connection

KAMS Connection is a research program that encourages international communication and co-operation among professionals in the performing arts field. Co-organized by KAMS and its global partners, the program provides participants with opportunities to visit corresponding countries, accumulate market knowledge and find possibilities for potential collaborations. To induce constructive exchanges and creative collaborations, KAMS Connection offers participants stepwise support, from the early research to the following project development, based on reciprocal co-operation with KAMS and its partners.

Support for K-Musicals

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K-Musical Roadshow :
K-Musical Roadshow seeks to strategically expand Korean musicals worldwide. This project supports the localization and showcasing of Korean musicals and can be held in any target market around the world. (West End, London 2022, Broadway, New York and Asian countries 2023)
The localization process involves translation, arrangement, and adaptation of a Korean musical for the target market, as well as domestic casting.
KAMS funds preparation for showcases of selected musicals including localization, so that target markets can serve as starting points from which Korean musicals enter the global market.
KAMS hopes to introduce more Korean musicals to a wider audience around the world through this project.

K-Musical Market :
The K-Musical Market, the only international platform of its kind in Asia, aims to create a stable environment for musical production and distribution by promoting domestic and international investment in Korean musicals and building a foundation for investment throughout the entire process from planning and development of musicals to their overseas distribution.
The market's programs include Musical Pitching, Showcase, and One-on-one Business Meetings to connect musical production companies with Korean and international investors.
Through direct and indirect support, the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) systematically assists the overseas distribution of Korean musicals via the K-Musical Market, which is held in the first half of every year to strengthen its function as a platform.

K-Musical Producers’ Workshop in NYC/UK & Next K-Musical Producer :
KAMS has a step-by-step program to develop producers for the long-term global spread of Korean musicals.
The K-Musical Producers’ Workshop in NYC/UK is designed to boost the international co-operation capabilities of musical producers to help them grow into global producers. Participants research major musical markets and expand networks with global producers.
With Next K-Musical Producer KAMS assists the next generation of musical producers in securing internships at musical production companies, providing them with valuable hands-on experience in the field of musical production. This opportunity serves as one of the most effective ways for aspiring musical producers to thrive in their future careers.

Co-operation & Co-organized Performing Arts Project

The Co-operation & Co-organized Performing Arts Project is designed to promote circulation in the performing arts market and revitalize it through collaboration among performing groups, theaters, central and regional organizations, and private and national public institutions. Support ranging from a minimum of 100 million Won to a maximum of 1 billion Won will be provided, with the condition that existing works are performed at least six times in at least two regions within one year.

The project aims not only to provide audience experiences but also to establish a mid- to long-term co-operative circulation structure, fostering sustainable growth in the performance market. Project participants emphasize the crucial role of project managers and producers, focusing on strengthening marketing efforts to develop audiences rather than solely presenting works.