Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey 2020

Are you involved in Southampton’s music scene? Then we need your help!

The survey is for musicians, promoters, managers, sound engineers, music producers, DJs, journalists, bloggers and anyone else involved in the Southampton music scene, or who live in Southampton and work in the music industries (whether in Southampton or elsewhere).

We are dedicated to developing a sustainable music industry in Southampton. As a part of this aim, we are trying to get a better idea of the city’s music map and need your help with this.

Please take 20 minutes to complete this survey and help build a better music scene.



What is the Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey 2020?

Music is central to the cultural drive of Southampton; however, we currently have no way of gaining an accurate oversight of the music industries ecology of the city. This survey aims to gain a deeper understanding of Southampton’s music industries to help better understand gaps in our infrastructure, the needs of our music industry professionals (paid and unpaid) and the issues that are limiting the growth of Southampton as a music city. We seek to move the narrative from being anecdotal to being based on evidence.

The Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey will be live throughout February 2020.

Who is behind the UK Live Music Census?
The Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey (“we”) is a new project between SO:Music City, Solent University and the City of Culture bid. It was initially funded by Southampton Cultural Development Trust, and is administered by Solent Music (the University’s in-house music hub).

Personal data submitted by you to the Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey will be held by Solent University (who will be the data controller of your personal information for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”)), and will only be shared with other parties as set out in this privacy policy.

What personal information do we collect from you? We ask for – although you do not have to provide – your age, location (postcode), gender, income, and ethnic group.

How long will it take? The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes.

How will we use the personal information about you? We are collecting your personal information for research purposes for the Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey. The aggregate findings may inform research papers and presentations, and the development of ongoing local strategies to enhance the local live music industry. You will not be personally identifiable from any data collected.

Who might we share personal information with?
The Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey is a Solent Music research project led by academics from Solent University. The project was initially funded by the Southampton Cultural Development Trust. Your personal information will be collected by Solent University.

The data you provide may be shared with the following organisations: Solent Music, Solent University, Southampton Cultural Development Trust (City of Culture bid). Highlights and headlines from the collected data will be shared with media but no individuals will be personally identified.

None of these parties will use your data to send any marketing communications to you. If you give your email address, this may be used to request a follow-up survey or interview.

How long will we keep personal information for? The Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey project reaches its end in May 2020.

How long will we keep personal information for?Where will personal information be stored? At the end of the project, the datasets (which will include the anonymized personal data you provide us) will be stored by Solent University. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy or for any other aspect of The Southampton Creative Music Industries Survey project are welcomed and should be addressed to