Research & Publications

Economic research underpins all of LIVE’s activity, while many of our members are actively developing industry guidance and best practice. This work is posted below and available as a free resource for all.

Powered by Freelancers – The Live Music Edition 2024

Published May 2024: Produced in partnership with Handle Freelance Solutions, THE BACK LOUNGE and UK LIVE Event Freelancers Forum, ‘Powered by Freelancers – The Live Music Edition 2024’ is the first in-depth analysis of its kind and was commissioned to help understand and identify the changes required to improve the experience of the freelancers who are crucial to the success of the live music industry.

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LIVE Insights: A deep dive into audience trends (2024)

Published: January 2024. This report gives a representation of the current behaviours and attitudes of live music fans in the UK via 4 datasets collected in May 2022, November 2022, May 2023, and November 2023. Download pdf.

LIVE Music Manifesto 2023

Published: November 2023

LIVE, the voice of the UK’s live music industry, is urging the Chancellor to provide vital financial support to the grassroots music sector in the upcoming Autumn Statement. LIVE has unveiled a comprehensive manifesto with five crucial priorities, aimed at safeguarding grassroots music venues and unlocking the economic potential of the wider live music sector.

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Valuing Live Music 2021

Published: November 2022

This report reviews 2021 for live music and draws on multiple datasets to establish the value and employment levels of live music in the UK.

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Covid-19 Mitigations – Recommended Industry Practice

Published: November 2021

LIVE’s industry recommended practice to mitigate Covid-19 transmission and ensure that our shows can continue safely. This practice is in addition to the Government’s guidance.

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#ReviveLive music survey

Published: May 2021

LIVE’s survey of 25,000+ people is the most detailed research yet conducted on the attitudes of UK music fans towards the return of live events and how they want them to be run in a post pandemic world. 

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UK Live Music: At a Cliff Edge

Published: October 2020

Identifying the impact of Covid-19 on the UK live music business, both in terms of declining revenues and the significant reduction in workforce.

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Valuing Live Entertainment

Published: July 2020

This report, authored by Media Insight Consulting, uses several available datasets to establish the value and employment levels of live entertainment in the UK.

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