The initial findings of the first ever UK Musicians’ Census are being released to the public by Help Musicians and the Musicians’ Union. The results are based on information provided by close to 6,000 musicians, making it the largest ever survey of its kind.

The first report provides a detailed insight into the demographic makeup of UK musicians, the barriers to career progression and economic challenges.

It reveals:

  • UK musicians’ average annual income from music work is £20,700 – but nearly half earn under £14,000
  • Over half of musicians need to sustain their career by sourcing other forms of income outside of the industry
  • Nearly half (44%) report a lack of sustainable income is a barrier to their music career.

Read the full report here