Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 2


  As part of our three-year community development programme The Music Experience, supported by BT and the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England, Making Music undertook a comprehensive statistical survey of its 1,800 members. The results were made public at a Conference held in London during April 2000 and the main points of this research are summarised below.[1]

    —  Making Music societies contain 130,000 people or 0.3 per cent of the UK adult population.

    —  40 per cent of the members of performing societies are under the age of 45 years.

    —  The majority of individuals are members of voluntary music societies for 10 years or more.

    —  95 per cent of Making Music societies lose fewer than 15 members a year and most of them fewer than 6 members.

    —  Our members put on a total of 7,680 concerts in a typical year, or nearly 150 a week.

    —  Our members promote 3,300 concerts containing 20th-century music and 2,200 concerts containing music by living composers.

    —  Our members commission on average 233 new works per year and about 560 societies are actively commissioning or have commissioned.

    —  Performing societies have an average audience of 214 and promoters an average audience of 144.

    —  Nearly 1.5 million concert attendances are achieved each year by Making Music members.

    —  Our members spend an average of £8.2 million on professional artists and £695,000 with music publishers in a typical year.

    —  Our members employ no fewer than 16,000 professional artists per annum.

    —  60 per cent of performing societies and 57 per cent of promoting societies have to regularly fundraise to make ends meet.

    —  41 per cent of our members have never received any public funding for any purpose which means that at least 3,100 concerts are put on every year by our members without any form of public subsidy.

    —  The majority of our members receive no sponsorship or less than £1,000 in sponsorship each year.

    —  On average a ticket to a concert given by our performing societies costs just under £8.

    —  An average yearly subscription fee to one of our members is less than £50.

    —  Over one third of our members have at least one participating member of an ethnic minority.

    —  Around 70 per cent of our members typically have ethnic minorities represented in their audiences.

    —  51 per cent of our performers and 85 per cent of our promoters have disabled people in membership and 94 per cent of performers and 87 per cent of promoters have disabled people in their audience.

    —  94 per cent of our members have more women than men in their membership.

    —  Over half (54 per cent) of our performing societies do not audition.

    —  The majority of promoters (46 per cent) plan their concert seasons at least 18 months ahead whereas on average performers plan a year in advance.

    —  Most committees of performing societies make artistic contributions to the planning of their concert seasons with only 17 per cent leaving it to their conductor or artistic director.

    —  The vast majority (83 per cent) of performing societies use the same conductor throughout their season.

    —  Only a fifth (22 per cent) of performers always use the same venue with the vast majority varying the venue due to issues of cost or availability.

    —  Over half (56 per cent) of promoters use the same venue for their entire seasons and the same number of promoters stage concerts on the same night of the week.

    —  A quarter of our performers (24 per cent), or over 350 performing organisations undertake overseas tours at least once every five years.

    —  The average longevity of music societies is 43 years for performers and 33 for promoters.

September 2001

1   The Survey was published in October 2000. Copies are available from Making Music. Back

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