An in-depth survey of music in Manchester and the economic impact it has on the city and those who work in the sector launches this week.

A first for the city in terms of the scope and detail of questions asked, the survey is aimed at anyone and everyone who works in music in Manchester – whether they are musicians, technicians, managers, promotors, venues, or businesses.

Commissioned by the city council through the Manchester Music City project, it’s hoped the survey will provide an up to the minute baseline of the size, depth and breadth of the music ecosystem in Manchester and the wider city region.

Getting this information is seen as a vital first step in supporting the recovery and success of the music sector as the city  emerges from the pandemic – a sector that has been hit particularly hard over the last 18 months as venues and businesses were forced to close their doors, not just in Manchester but around the world.

The survey findings will be used to help build a better understanding of both its reach and the needs of those who work in it, as well as helping shape the future of the music sector in Manchester and input into future music strategies.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council, said:  “Manchester has long been known for its musical output and music made here in the city can be heard in some of the furthest reaches of the world.  Pre-pandemic it is also what helped draw huge numbers of visitors here from far and wide every year.

“After the year we’ve just had however, with repeated lockdowns and venues closed, it will come as no surprise that as we emerge from the pandemic, music is a sector that needs our help, now more than ever.

“The survey will do much to enhance our understanding of the economic impact of music and the music sector’s workforce so we can support recovery and growth.

“It will provide the vital underpinning data needed to help shape future music strategy in the city and to ensure that Manchester’s music scene and the wider music sector recovers from the devastating economic impact of Covid-19.

Debra King, Director of Brighter Sound and Chair of Manchester Music City, said: “This survey is for every music creator, music business, freelancer, and stakeholder involved in Manchester’s music ecosystem.  Your survey response will help us better understand your needs, build a case for further support, and help us articulate the importance that your work in music has, not just for you, but for Manchester.”

The survey is being carried out by Nordicity and Sound Diplomacy on behalf of the city council and Manchester Music City, and opens on June 8 until midnight on Sunday 27 June.   It can be accessed here


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