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Thursday, October 15, 2020

JAZZFUEL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ MUSICIAN SURVEY

(Press release)

“55% of jazz musicians surveyed said they had no live performances scheduled for 2021”

A Jazzfuel survey of 266 professional jazz musicians around the world highlights the difficulties faced by this industry not just in 2020, but going forwards. 

Among other takeaways, the results highlighted the scale of lost concerts and income this year, as well as the knock-on effects of this on plans for releasing new music. 

With more than 20% of all shows involving cross-border travels, the situation shows no sign of improving in the short term, with overall optimism for the industry in the next 12 months down to 4.2 out of 10.


For the full results, article & data visualisation


For more information: matt@jazzfuel.com


Demographic: 


  • 59% were based in Europe (including 22.5% in UK) and 35% North America (including 28% in USA).

  • Almost 80% have been professional musicians for more than 10 years.  


Key results


  • On a scale of 1-10, the average musician's optimism for the jazz scene in the next 12 months was rated as 4.2

  • 55% of all musicians surveyed had received some form of government support, although that figure dropped to 49% in the US.

  • 49% of all musicians had performed a livestream concert since lockdown and 27% of those said they were ‘extremely likely’ to continue doing that.

  • 61% of jazz musician’s surveyed said their 2020 income would be at least 50% lower than in 2019, with 30% saying it would be more than 75% less. 

  • 56% of income came from live performances, pre-COVID. 

  • The average lost income per musician worldwide as a result of cancelled shows was $12,079 [€10,274 / £9,378]. This amount rose to $17,150 [€14,588 / £13,315] in the US and dropped to $9,136 [€7,771 / £7,093] in Europe.

  • As of October 2020, 55% of jazz musicians surveyed said they had no live performances scheduled for 2021. This figure rose to 73% in the US and dropped to 48% in Europe.

  • On average, 22% of these musician’s gigs involve flights or crossing borders

  • The average musician had 35.5 cancelled gigs so far in 2020 as a result of COVID.

  • 62% of musicians surveyed said that the events of 2020 have had a knock-on effect in changing their plans for releasing music.


About Jazzfuel


Launched in 2016 by British jazz booking agent & manager Matt Fripp, Jazzfuel provides support, resources and tools for independent jazz musicians to grow their careers. 


Alongside articles and industry interviews, Jazzfuel hosts online courses and masterminds on topics such as gig-booking, social media & music promotion, as well done-for-you services around coaching, consulting and press campaigns - all tailored to the specific niche of jazz.


More information via Jazzfuel.com


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