Have Your Say In UK Music Creators’ Survey

We need your help to make the case for the music industry - and you might win a fantastic prize just for completing our survey! 

The pandemic has meant the last 12 months have been incredibly tough for music creators, with many struggling to get the support they need.

As the umbrella body for the UK music industry, we need accurate data to show the impact Covid-19 and to campaign on the issues that matter to creators and the 200,000 people in our industry. 

Every year, UK Music produces a major report, which is used by policy-makers and industry professionals when discussing the music industry and the challenges it faces.The data collected from our UK Music Creators’ Survey plays a vital role in developing this report.

Most important of all, the survey allows us to recognise the value of your work as a creator - and gives us the evidence and data we need to help fight for you when talking to policy-makers.

All responses are anonymous, confidential, aggregated and managed in accordance with GDPR legislation. 

Filling in the survey automatically enters you into a prize draw. You could win one of several fantastic prizes including Sennheiser headphones and £100 vouchers for a top music store! 

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and you might want to have a look at the questions first to ensure you have the information you need to complete it. 

It is open to anyone who is a full-time or part-time professional music creator. This includes artists, composers, writers and producers. 

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* 1. Which of the following activities reflects your work as a music creator? (tick as many options that you feel are applicable)

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* 2. Additionally, would you describe yourself as:
Select one option that best fits your work.

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* 3. Do you have any of the following representing you?

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* 4. What part of the UK do you live in?

For questions 5-8 please enter figures in full £ (e.g. £1,000 and not £1k, if the amount is zero please input “0”) for the calendar year 2020. 

If you only have this information available in financial years (e.g. April-April as you would for a tax return), then insert the figure for the tax year 2020/2021.

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* 5. What was your gross (i.e. total) income as a music creator before tax in 2020*?

* Please do not include payments such as Universal Credit, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme or any other form of hardship fund income, we will ask about this separately below.

Please enter figures in full £ for the UK, the EU (excluding UK) and the Rest of the World

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* 6. In comparison with 2019, please tick the box below that most closely represents your 2020 music earnings:

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* 7. Thinking about your earnings as a music creator in 2020, please estimate how much came from:

Please enter your figures in full £

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* 8. How much did you spend in 2020 on:

Please enter your figures in full £

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* 9. 9) As a music creator, how would you describe your work?

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* 10. If you are not a full-time music creator, would you like to be full-time?

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* 11. Do you have any other employment outside your work as a music creator? (Note, here music tuition is included in the term ‘music creator’).

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* 12. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic had you ever received financial support from family or friends to support your professional career in the music industry (other than during education)?

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* 13. Do you require additional financial support directly as an impact of COVID-19 on your professional career in the music industry in order to continue at your pre-COVID-19 pandemic level of creation?


Examples: support from friends and family, hardship funds and government support.

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* 14. Over the past twelve months, have you applied for Universal Credit?

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* 15. Over the past twelve months, have you applied for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme?

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* 16. Over the past 12 months, have you undertaken unpaid work as a means to further your career?

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* 17. Please tick those organisations of which you are a member:

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* 18. How did you hear about this survey?

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* 19. 19) Please provide your email address. UK Music will only use this to communicate with you in relation to this survey and for entry in to the competition to win one of our fantastic prizes, including Sennheiser headphones and £100 vouchers for a top music store.

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