Soundabout research report

Sounds of Intent (Soundabout, March 2019)

25 March 2019

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About the report

From 2015–2018, the Oxfordshire-based music charity Soundabout created and ran a ten-week music programme funded by Youth Music, known as ‘Sounds of Intent in the Early Years’, for over 200 children in the early years in 27 Children’s Centres and specialist local organisations.

A research report on the programme was published on 25 March 2019.

Key points

  • Targeted music sessions for children in the early years and their families in areas of high deprivation can improve their capacity to manage their feelings and behaviour, boost their self-confidence, and heighten their ability to listen and pay attention, enabling them to ‘close the gap’ in terms of meeting their age-related expectations
  • This effect is even more marked for young children with complex needs (having severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties), and the intervention in the early years appears to have more impact than comparable interventions that have been tried later in childhood


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Report into Live Music (DCMS, March 2019)

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

19 March 2019

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Read information about the Live Music Inquiry including terms of reference


About the report

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published its Report into Live Music on 19 March 2019. Mumford & Sons’ band member Ben Lovett, Tom Gray of Gomez and DJ/producer DJ Target were among the established artists who gave evidence.

Key points

  • MPs advise public ‘not to buy or sell tickets’ through viagogo
  • Call for review of business rates on live music sector to help struggling venues
  • More investment needed, including from the music industry, in developing new talent
  • Concerns about discrimination hindering success of urban music


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Music Commission Report 2019 03 04

Retuning our Ambitions for Music Learning (The Music Commission, 2019, UK)

Expert panel chaired by Sir Nicholas Kenyon

04 March 2019

Downloads are available of the full report and a summary.

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The Music Commission

About the report

The Music Commission’s report, Retuning our Ambitions for Music Learning: Every Child Taking Music Further, makes the case that supporting every young person – regardless of background or circumstances – to take their music further must now become the focus of music education. 

The report argues that music is central in creating skills for a modern economy and society and that, beyond the music industry generating significant economic value, taking music further improves confidence, academic attainment and social skills; all vital for young people in the 21st century.

The eighteen-month expert inquiry, chaired by Barbican managing director and former controller of the BBC Proms Sir Nicholas Kenyon, and including producer and composer Nitin Sawhney CBE, singer songwriter Nick Mulvey, director of live music producers Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival Claire Whitaker OBE, and chair of the board of directors for the Innovation Unit, vice-chair at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Nottingham Contemporary, national council member, Arts Council England Paul Roberts OBE, argues that despite some outstanding practice and results, there are huge disparities in provision between schools, a failure to recognise how young people engage with music today, and a lack of continued support once their interest has begun.



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UK Music

UK Music: ‘Wish You Were Here 2017’

10 July 2017


UK Music

Collating a vast amount of ticketing and other data from hundreds of venues, UK Music annually compiles this unrivalled insight into live music in every region of the UK and its impact on the local economy.

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Generation Z

‘Generation Z: Meet the Young Millennials’

Mark Mulligan/MiDiA Research

June 2017


Generation Z: Meet the Young Millennials explores the music consumption habits and social media behaviour of today’s millennials and looks at how young people’s engagement across streaming and video platforms and social media and messaging apps – including Instagram, Snapchat and – is shaping longer-term trends.

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