26 Feb 2018
Findings published in the UK’s first ever music census have revealed that Glasgow’s live music sector boosts the city’s economy by £80m per year.
The census, carried out in March last year, showed that 63 per cent of Glaswegians attend at least one ticketed concert per month at one of the city’s 241 live music venues. It also found that 2,450 full time jobs are supported by the thriving industry.
The research was conducted by the University of Edinburgh’s Reid School of Music, with volunteers attending gigs and interviewing concert-goers.
It also revealed that the popular Barrowland Ballroom and King Tuts Wah Wah Hut were ranked among the most significant venues for music fans by musicians and audiences UK-wide.
Glasgow was named a UNESCO City of Music in 2008, and is recognised as the UK’s largest music economy outside London.
The research comes at the same time as the industry’s recent win against property developers following a campaign by industry owners, managers and promoters to ensure soundproofing for homes near live venues.
New guidance by the Scottish Government means that the onus is now on property developers to guarantee neighbours are not disturbed, previously a responsibility for businesses.
The Scottish Government said the new guidance recognised “the cultural and economic contribution of Scotland’s music industry, as well as the importance of live music to the vibrancy of our town centres and to our night-time economy.”