National live music census announced

The university of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle are coming together to conduct the world’s first national live music census.

The UK Live Music Census will run for 24 hours from noon on March 9, 2017, and visit seven cities across the UK, including Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Leeds, Birmingham, Southampton and Brighton.

The survey hopes to measure live musics’s cultural and economic value, discover what challenges the industry is facing and inform policy to help it flourish.

A nationwide online survey for musicians, venues, promoters and audiences will also go live on March 9 and will be open until May 8, 2017.

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