Musician Online Survey

 
Thank you for your interest in the UK Live Music Census.

Please click here to read the full participant information for details on with whom your information will be shared and for how long it will be kept.

1. By ticking below you confirm that you have read the participant information provided, consent to your personal information being used as described and are happy to participate in this study - you MUST tick the box in order to move the next question.

* indicates that the question requires an answer. *

 

2. For which city are you completing this survey?

 

3. When performing live, what is your MAIN instrument? Choose one.

 

4. From which broadly defined genres do you currently earn money as a performing artist? Tick as many as apply - leave blank if you don't earn money from performing live.

 

5. As a performing artist which of these broadly defined genres do you MOST identify with? Choose one.

 

6. How would you define yourself as a musician? You may wish to use the Comment box to give further information.

 

7. At what stage in your career do you see yourself as an artist? Choose one.

 

8. What is your HIGHEST level of music qualification (academic/vocational)?

 

9. What is your HIGHEST level of music qualification (performing)?

 

10. What is your HIGHEST level of music qualification (teaching)?

 

11. On average, roughly what percentage of your working week is spent as a musician?

 

12. Are you a member of any of the following? Tick as many as apply.

(If you want to find out more about any of these organisations, you will automatically be taken to an information page once you click Finish Survey.)

 

13. Did you perform live between noon on Census day/night? (FOR LIVERPOOL: noon on Thursday 1st June to Friday 2nd June; FOR ALL OTHER UK: between noon on Thursday 9th March - noon on Friday 10th March.) *

 

14. Which of the following broadly defined genres did you perform on Census day/night (FOR LIVERPOOL: noon on Thursday 1st June to Friday 2nd June; FOR ALL OTHER UK: between noon on Thursday 9th March - noon on Friday 10th March)? Tick all that apply.

 

15. In which of the following types of venue did you perform on Census day/night? Choose all that apply.

(For definitions of venue types, click here.)

 

16. If you performed on Census day/night, how much did you earn AS AN INDIVIDUAL, i.e. what was your ‘take home’ (in £s)?

£
£
 

17. If you performed on Census day/night, roughly how much did you SPEND as an individual to perform in the event, e.g. on travel, etc. (in £s)?

£
£
 

18. Compared to 2015, did the number of live music events in which you performed increase or decrease in 2016?

 

19. Compared to 2015, did your income from playing live music in 2016 increase or decrease?

 

20. In the last 12 months, have you worked unpaid?

 

21. If ‘yes’, for approx. how many live music events?

 

22. If you worked unpaid for what the engager termed ‘exposure’, did that exposure actually benefit your career?

 

23. On average, what is the MAIN form of transport you use to travel to live music events at which you are performing? Choose one.

 

24. On average, how many miles in total do you have to travel each month to perform live music (ROUND TRIPS - there and back again)? Please use the Comments box if you wish to give any further information.

miles
miles
 

25. Did you move to your current permanent place of residence specifically for more music opportunities?

 

26. In the last 12 months, have any of your gigs been affected by any external factors? Please tick all that apply.

 

27. Would you be willing to answer two more questions on external factors affecting you as a musician (e.g. housing, transport, etc.)?

(These will be very useful for us to obtain really helpful information about your local area.) *

 

28. Thinking about where you live, how much do the following impact on your career development as a musician?

Extreme or strong impactModerate impactSlight or no impactNo opinion/don’t know
Lack of affordable housing for rent
Lack of affordable housing for purchase
Insufficient, late night public transportation
Increased cost of living: food/utilities/transportation
Stagnating pay for musicians: difficult to make viable income
 

29. Thinking again about where you live, how much do the following affect you?

Extreme or strong impactModerate impactSlight or no impactNo opinion/don’t know
Lack of suitable venues
Venues with noise limiters/sound level meters
Lack of affordable rehearsal space
Difficult to network/collaborate with other musicians
Lack of support from local authorities and agencies
Lack of local industry infrastructure, e.g. managers, booking agencies, PR companies
Lack of accessible REHEARSAL spaces for Deaf and disabled musicians
Lack of accessible PERFORMANCE spaces for Deaf and disabled musicians
 

30. If you can, describe live music in your local town/city in three words.

You may wish to use the box to comment further on your choice. (Box will expand to fit your comments.)

 

31. On average, how much do you EARN per gig (in £s)? Leave rows blank if not relevant to you. Please use the Comments box if you wish to give any further information.

£
£
£
£
£
£
£
 

32. When performing live, on average, how much do you SPEND per gig on (in £s)?

£
£
£
£
£
 

33. On average, how much do you spend PER YEAR on?

£
£
£
£
 

34. Roughly what percentage of your annual income is from? (Total should add up to 100%.)

%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
 

35. Would you be willing to answer three more questions on income and expenditure?

(This may involve you gathering financial data - you can 'save and continue' at any point if necessary.) *

 

36. On average, what is your estimated annual income DIRECT FROM LIVE MUSIC (e.g. fees for performing, revenue from merchandise at gigs, etc.?

 

37. On average, how much do you earn PER MONTH at your live music events from selling (in £s)?

£
£
£
 

38. Which kinds of deal have you been offered when performing live in the last twelve months? Tick all that apply.

 

39. On average, what is the minimum and maximum number of live music events in which you perform each month?

 

40. On average, in which month would you tend to perform the most and least number of live music events?

Most
Least
 

41. Roughly what percentage of your live music performance work is spent performing original music (i.e. composed by you and/or other members of your group/ensemble and/or predominantly improvised), compared to music composed by others (e.g. covers or composed works)?

% original
% original
 

42. Would you be willing to answer four more short questions about an average month as a performing musician? *

 

43. Do you use an agent to get live music bookings? Choose one.

 

44. If you use an agent, do you receive your fee from the agent or from the venue?

 

45. Do you play any role within the music industries other than as an artist? (This can include any paid or unpaid work). Tick all that apply.

 

46. On average, how many live music events do you attend IN A MONTH as an audience member (i.e. not performing yourself)?

 

47. Have you or someone working with you applied for funding or support programmes in the past for the purpose of supporting live music performance?

 

48. If yes, to which funders have you a) applied and b) been awarded funding? Tick as many as apply.

AppliedAwarded funding
Arts Council England
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council Wales
Big Lottery Fund
Creative Europe Desk UK
Creative Scotland
Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) - BPI (British Phonographic Industry) / UKTI (UK Trade and Investment)
Help Musicians UK
Local authority/council
The Prince’s Trust
PRS for Music Foundation
Youth Music
 

49. Looking at the list below, in which of the following do you perform regularly? Tick all that apply.

(Hover over venue type for definition on desktop browser. On mobile devices, click here.)

 

50. Is there a venue which has been particularly significant to your musical career? If no, leave blank. If yes, please describe. This is the final question before the 'About you' section so please do take the time to fill it in.

 

51. To which of the following age groups do you belong?

 

52. Do you live in the UK? Tick one only.

 

53. If you live in the UK, what is your full postcode? Please leave a clear space of one character between the two parts of the postcode, i.e. EH8 9DF, not EH89DF. This information will only be used for research.

 

54. If you live overseas, what is your country of residence?

 

55. Your gender - are you ..?

 

56. What is your ethnic group? Tick one only.

 

57. What is your legal marital or same-sex civil partnership status?

 

58. How many children under 16 live in your household?

 

59. Which best describes your current employment status?

If more than one, please choose the option which describes how you spend the majority of your time - you may wish to use the Comment box to give further information.

 

60. Thinking about the person in the household with the largest income, what were their pre-tax earnings last year?

 

61. Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

 

62. If you would like to be entered into the prize draw to win an iPad, please give us your email address. Click here for terms and conditions.

 

63. Please tick here if you are happy for us to get in contact with you for any follow-up questions.

 

64. Please use the space below to tell us about any aspect of your live music experiences in your local area which you feel has not already been covered.