Musician Survey

Contemporary music activity in NSW is sustained by an ecosystem that together provides the structure for a robust and lively music industry. Without a doubt, it is the musicians that are the centre of this ecosystem.

The purpose of this survey is to collect vital information from NSW musicians and their representatives to assist in the development of a Contemporary Music Strategy for the State.

By participating in this survey, you will be answering questions about your experiences and perspectives as a musician living and playing music in NSW.  It will take approximately 14 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

It is important for Create NSW to learn your opinions and collect data about musicians, however your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You can withdraw from the survey at any point. 
 
Survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. 

Thank you for your time and support.

Do you live in NSW? Tick one only.

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* 1. Do you live in NSW? Tick one only.

If Yes, do you live in:

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* 2. If Yes, do you live in:

In which Town/City do you live?

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* 3. In which Town/City do you live?

What is your date of birth?

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* 4. What is your date of birth?

Date / Time
Your gender?

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* 5. Your gender?

Do you identify as any of the following:

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* 6. Do you identify as any of the following:

How would you define yourself as a musician?

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* 7. How would you define yourself as a musician?

From which broadly defined genre do you primarily perform, record, play regularly as a musician?

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* 8. From which broadly defined genre do you primarily perform, record, play regularly as a musician?

At what stage in your musical career do you see yourself? Choose one.

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* 9. At what stage in your musical career do you see yourself? Choose one.

Do you play any role within the music sector other than as an artist? (This can include any paid or unpaid work). Tick all that apply.

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* 10. Do you play any role within the music sector other than as an artist? (This can include any paid or unpaid work). Tick all that apply.

Approximately what percentage of your week is spent working as a musician/on music activities in NSW?

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* 11. Approximately what percentage of your week is spent working as a musician/on music activities in NSW?

What facilities (i.e. recording studios, rehearsal spaces) do you access for your music activities?

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* 12. What facilities (i.e. recording studios, rehearsal spaces) do you access for your music activities?

To what extent have the following impacted you as a musician in NSW in the past twelve months? (1 being a great deal, and 5 being none at all)

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* 13. To what extent have the following impacted you as a musician in NSW in the past twelve months? (1 being a great deal, and 5 being none at all)

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Cost of living: food/utilities/transportation
Late night public transportation:
Affordable housing for purchase
Affordable housing for rent:
Pay for musicians:
Suitable venues:
Affordable rehearsal space:
Availability of local industry infrastructure, e.g. managers, booking agencies, PR companies:
Available network/collaboration with other musicians:
Parking/loading issues:
Changes in technology e.g. streaming services
If you identified as being a 'musician with a disability' in Question 6, to what extent have the following impacted on your ability to perform or rehearse in NSW in the past twelve months? (1 being a great deal, and 5 being none at all)

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* 14. If you identified as being a 'musician with a disability' in Question 6, to what extent have the following impacted on your ability to perform or rehearse in NSW in the past twelve months? (1 being a great deal, and 5 being none at all)

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Accessible PERFORMANCE spaces:
Accessible REHEARSAL spaces:
What contribution do you think you as a musician make to the local area/State and/or music community?

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* 15. What contribution do you think you as a musician make to the local area/State and/or music community?

What are the TOP 5 improvements necessary to ensure musicians can keep making music?

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* 16. What are the TOP 5 improvements necessary to ensure musicians can keep making music?

Roughly what percentage (%) of your live music performance work is spent performing original music (i.e. composed by you and/or other members of your group/ensemble and/or predominantly improvised), compared to music composed by others (e.g. covers or composed works)?

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* 17. Roughly what percentage (%) of your live music performance work is spent performing original music (i.e. composed by you and/or other members of your group/ensemble and/or predominantly improvised), compared to music composed by others (e.g. covers or composed works)?

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Over the last 5 years, have the number of opportunities to perform at live music events in NSW:

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* 18. Over the last 5 years, have the number of opportunities to perform at live music events in NSW:

On average, in how many NSW live music events did you perform per month five years ago?

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* 19. On average, in how many NSW live music events did you perform per month five years ago?

On average, in how many NSW live music events do you currently perform per month?

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* 20. On average, in how many NSW live music events do you currently perform per month?

Do you believe touring to be an important part of your life as a musician?

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* 21. Do you believe touring to be an important part of your life as a musician?

What are the TOP 5 challenges for musicians when pursuing touring opportunities?

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* 22. What are the TOP 5 challenges for musicians when pursuing touring opportunities?

Looking at the list below, in which of the following do you perform regularly?

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* 23. Looking at the list below, in which of the following do you perform regularly?

Is there a venue which has been particularly significant to you as a performing musician? If no, leave blank. If yes, please describe.

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* 24. Is there a venue which has been particularly significant to you as a performing musician? If no, leave blank. If yes, please describe.

Has your music been distributed and promoted through radio stations?

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* 25. Has your music been distributed and promoted through radio stations?

Have you made use of online streaming platforms for the distribution and promotion of your music?

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* 26. Have you made use of online streaming platforms for the distribution and promotion of your music?

Which streaming platforms have you used for the distribution and promotion of your music?

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* 27. Which streaming platforms have you used for the distribution and promotion of your music?

Has your music received airplay?

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* 28. Has your music received airplay?

Has your music been distributed and promoted to overseas audiences?

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* 29. Has your music been distributed and promoted to overseas audiences?

Would you be willing to answer five more income related questions?

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* 30. Would you be willing to answer five more income related questions?

On average, what is your estimated annual income DIRECT FROM MUSIC RELATED ACTIVITIES (e.g. fees for performing, revenue from merchandise at gigs, recorded music, streaming royalties, production etc.)?

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* 31. On average, what is your estimated annual income DIRECT FROM MUSIC RELATED ACTIVITIES (e.g. fees for performing, revenue from merchandise at gigs, recorded music, streaming royalties, production etc.)?

From your annual income directly from music related activities, how much is derived from the below sources:

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* 32. From your annual income directly from music related activities, how much is derived from the below sources:

Over the last 5 years, has your income from playing live music in NSW:

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* 33. Over the last 5 years, has your income from playing live music in NSW:

In the last 12 months, have you worked UNPAID as a musician in NSW?

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* 34. In the last 12 months, have you worked UNPAID as a musician in NSW?

If you have worked unpaid, for approx. how many live music events in NSW in the past 12 months?

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* 35. If you have worked unpaid, for approx. how many live music events in NSW in the past 12 months?

If you worked unpaid for ‘exposure’, how did this benefit your career?

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* 36. If you worked unpaid for ‘exposure’, how did this benefit your career?

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