Have your say in world’s first national live music census

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The first ever UK Live Music Census – conducted by the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glasgow – will run for 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9 March and is looking for contributors.

The universities are looking to track performances in cities from across the country including anything from lone buskers to choirs, pub gigs and concerts.

Researchers hope that the census, which is the first of its kind, will provide a definitive snapshot of the value of live music both culturally and economically as well as providing more information on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Coordinated censuses will take part in Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Leeds, Birmingham, Southampton and Brighton.

Volunteers can sign up via the official website (link below). They will be asked to record aspects of the gig including the musical genre, the venue, door charge and audience demographic.

Dr Matt Brennan, chancellor’s fellow, Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh, said: ‘This is like a Springwatch for live music. We want people to let us know everything about the music they see on this one day.

‘Live music in the UK – from the Beatles and the Sex Pistols to West End musicals and Glastonbury – has transformed our culture, yet it is constantly under pressure. This census will help give us an accurate snapshot of the scene’s health.’

A nationwide online survey for musicians, venues, promoters and audiences will also go live on 9 March and will be open until 8 May.

It will gather information about why people attend gigs, which venues are considered important, how much people spend and how far they will travel.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Visit the official website for more information and to sign up to take part.

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