UK Live Music Census 2017
The UK Live Music Census was released on Friday, and it’s really packed full of useful information you should know and can use.
More than three quarters of people surveyed had visited small music venues – defined as those with a capacity of up to 350 people – during the past year.
Two-thirds (67%) of respondents to the musician survey had performed in small music venues in the past 12 months.
Attendance and performance at these venues is around double the next two venue types (small outdoor spaces at 38% and churches at 31%).
Nearly half of 4,400 people surveyed spend more than £20 on tickets for concerts or festivals each month.
All of this tells us that Grassroots Music Venues are still hugely important. And the Census tells us that as well. People really value their local venue and the community and culture it brings to their town or city. There’s really very strong stuff in the Executive Summary about the social, aesthetic and material value of these spaces.
The report also details exactly how challenging things are in our sector.
Two out of every five (40%) venue online survey respondents identifying as small music venues and a third (33%) of all venue survey respondents said that increased business rates had an extreme, strong or moderate negative impact on their live music events in the past 12 months.
One-third (33%) of venue online survey respondents identifying as small music venues and nearly one in five (22%) of all venue survey respondents said that planning and property development had a negative impact in the last 12 months.
Nearly one-third (29%) of venue online survey respondents identifying as small music venues and 27% of all venue survey respondents said that noise-related complaints had a negative impact in the last 12 months.
More than one in five (22%) of the respondents to the musician survey had gigs which were negatively affected by noise-related complaints in the last 12 months.
Action You Can Take:
Read the full report.
Right now there is a DCMS Inquiry into Live Music. Music Venue Trust is going to be sending a response on behalf of all members of the Music Venues Alliance, but you can also respond your self. Go to www.parliament.uk and have your say.
The Arts Council England Consultation on the future of cultural funding is open. MVT is already making the case, but you can take part here.
You can find your MP and write to them about the census, the DCMS inquiry and the Arts Council funding. Go here and send them a link to the report.