UK Music Live Music survey


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: