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Musicians’ Union and Help Musicians launch UK census for musicians


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In the UK, the Musicians’ Union and charity Help Musicians have both regularly published research canvassing musicians’ views on topics ranging from the streaming economy to mental health and the cost-of-living crisis.

Now they’re teaming up for what could be their biggest survey yet.

The Musicians’ Census has gone live this morning, with plans to repeat it every three to five years to give a full picture of how the music-making community is feeling and changing. Demographics, diversity, health and wellbeing, working patterns and income will be among the topics.

MU general secretary Naomi Pohl noted that there are an estimated 37,000 musicians in the UK, and encouraged them to fill in the survey “so we can build a better industry, one that’s inclusive, accessible and fair to all”.

Help Musicians deputy chief executive Sarah Woods added that “there has never been a comprehensive picture of the total population of musicians and without this insight we are unable to ensure our support is as impactful as it can be”.

You can find the survey here.


Written by: Stuart Dredge