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The Working Musician Report

Updated: 16 December 2020 | 16:32 PM

The Working Musician aims to provide a sound evidence base for policy makers, musicians, their representatives and the wider music industry in order to help shape an environment where the contributions and talent of a greater number of musicians are better recognised, sustained and rewarded. In this way, the UK can maintain and build on its major cultural standing in the world.

The Working Musician research is based on almost 2,000 responses to a UK-wide survey, in-depth interviews with musicians and industry experts and data from a wide range of industry sources. The research, for the first time, assesses and explains the pay musicians receive, how they derive their income, and the pressures and challenges they face to earn a living from their craft.

This paper sets out the key findings from The Working Musician research.