The UK’s first ever national live music census took place in spring 2017: for 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9th March, an army of volunteers went out and about to live music events in Glasgow, Newcastle-Gateshead, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton (and 1st June in Liverpool), from pub gigs to massed choirs to arena concerts. A nationwide online survey for musicians, venues, promoters and audiences was online from March until June. The intention was to help measure live music’s cultural and economic value, discover what challenges the sector is facing and inform policy to help it flourish. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the project partners were the Musicians’ Union, Music Venue Trust and UK Music.

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  • Valuing live music: The UK Live Music Census 2017 report 

    Webster, Emma; Brennan, Matt; Behr, Adam; Cloonan, Martin; Ansell, Jake
    The UK’s first ever national live music census took place in 2017. For 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9th March, volunteers in cities across the country went out and about to live music events, from pub gigs to massed ...
  • UK Live Music Census toolkit 

    Webster, Emma; Brennan, Matt; Behr, Adam; Cloonan, Martin; Ansell, Jake
    The UK Live Music Census toolkit is intended for any people or organisations seeking to measure the value of live music in their local area. It draws on our own experiences of running live music censuses in cities across ...