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Making Live Music Count: The UK Live Music Census

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Behr, Emma Webster



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2020.

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In 2017 we conducted the first-ever nationwide live music census, allowing for unprecedented levels of detailed, comparable data on the live music cultures of different localities. Live music censuses have been increasingly used in recent years (e.g. Melbourne, Edinburgh, Bristol) to illustrate the value of music to policymakers. This has coincided with challenging times for urban live music venues, particularly small venues and clubs. We present key census findings here, reflecting on how local contexts both shape the census process and may be informed by it, and on the growth of the idea of “Music Cities” to inform policy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Behr A, Webster E, Brennan M, Cloonan M, Ansell J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Popular Music and Society

Year: 2020

Volume: 43

Issue: 5

Pages: 501-522

Online publication date: 27/06/2019

Acceptance date: 02/06/2019

Date deposited: 28/06/2019

ISSN (print): 0300-7766

ISSN (electronic): 1740-1712

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2019.1627658


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