The Live Music Forum
Welwyn Live Music Forum's comments on DCMS internal correspondence on live music statistics.
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The DCMS says,
"DCMS collects a range of high quality data on live music. No one source provides a complete picture but when these statistics are analysed together with relevant industry data they provide evidence of how the sector has fared in recent years. Overall the sector is thriving. During this period, the number of licences with provision for live music has increased, the proportion of adults attending live music has grown and there has been an increase in the number of professional musicians. However, this growth has been concentrated at medium and larger venues, and there has been a fall in the adult population who attend music at smaller venues. Evidence suggests that this is due to the decline in the overall numbers of pubs and bars, and the growth in live concerts at larger venues (as established acts respond to falling profitability of recorded music)."
"The evidence contained within this report does not substantiate
the claim “overall the sector is thriving”. The no. of licences
with live music provision is not evidence of more performances of music
– and this report concedes that these statistics include schools,
hospitals, outdoor public spaces, and premises which are in fact closed.