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The MIA has recently carried out a YouGov survey on a representative cross section of the UK population* to find that:
22% play a musical instrument
85% learnt to play as a young person
45% are 18-29 years
27% 30-50 years
28% over 50 years
Of those who no longer play 73% regret giving up.
33% who do not play would like to learn a musical instrument.
There are strong regional variations with Central Scotland (28%), East Anglia (25%) and the South (25%) with the highest percentage of players. The least musical regions appear to be the South West (14%) and the North East (17%).
This information is good news for our industry, illustrating great potential growth for our marketplace and confirming the strong emerging market of middle aged enthusiasts returning to music making. A group of players that will be further encouraged back to music by the MIA Weekend Warriors programme.
This initial MIA survey will be followed by a full in-depth review of the nation’s attitude to playing music later in the year. *The survey sampled 2000 people who were a representative cross section of the population.