UK’s Big Lockdown Music Survey 

Source: NMC.

Funded with Arts Council England National Lottery Project funding, The Big Lockdown Music Survey is a snapshot in recorded music of a once-in-a-generation experience shared by the nation.

The Big Lockdown Music Survey will tell the story of the first national lockdown introduced in England on 23 March 2020 from the perspective of music creators, through recorded music and sound, data and testimony. The survey will be an account of exceptional personal circumstances, of emotions engendered by enforced isolation (or enforced community), but also of creativity, technical innovation, personal resilience, and originality.

Music creators will be able to submit their music and take part in the survey on NMC’s website from Monday 8 November 2021. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2021.

Tracks will be selected and curated by six regional Gateway Partners comprised of cultural and music centres to create album-length selections of music; there will be six music ‘albums’ in total representing music created all over England. NMC’s Gateway Partner organisations are Psappha (North), Birmingham Record Company (Midlands), Spitalfields Music (Greater London), Stapleford Granary (East), October House Records (South East), and Bristol Beacon (South West).

NMC will share the ‘albums’ via a free-to-access platform on our website, going live in March 2022. This webpage will be interactive; entries will be searchable via a range of associations: theme, mood, locality, associated ensembles, and instrumentation, as well as displayed on a specially designed map of England to enable users to explore submissions geographically. NMC will also host a searchable lockdown artist database, derived from the collected data submissions. Applicants whose work is selected will be remunerated according to a Musicians Union-approved fee scale.