UK Music Live Music survey

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The live music sector naturally remains of huge importance and significance to our industry and the latest UK Music survey brings some revealing data. Here are just a few highlights from the report:

  • Live music contributed £1 billion GVA to the UK economy in 2017
  • It sustained 28,538 jobs
  • 9 million people attended live music events in 2016
  • Detailed analysis in 3 cities revealed that:
  • Glasgow live music generated an annual spend of £78,800,000 and 2450 jobs
  • Newcastle/Gateshead was £43,600,000 and 1620 jobs
  • Oxford was £10,500,000 and 350 jobs
  • 33% of all music venue survey respondents reported the negative effect that increased Business Rates were having on the business
  • 22% also talked about the negative impact of noise-related complaints
  • 78% of respondents to an audience survey had visited small music venues (sub 350 capacity) in the last 12 months
  • Spending on tickets for live music events has now overtaken that spent on recorded music
  • From the musicians’ survey, 38% identifying as “professional” earn money from classical music (the biggest genre)
  • Those identifying as “semi-professional” have rock music as the most lucrative genre

The full report can be accessed here: uklivemusiccensus.org/UK-Live-Music-Census-2017-full-report.pdf