Attention all musicians in the city region. We would like to hear your experiences of lockdown for a new piece of research carried out in partnership with University of Liverpool. 

With the government signalling live music can return as of August, we welcome gigs back into our lives once again. However, venue doors have been closed for over four months with laptop screens proving interim stages. Undoubtedly, musicians have had to adapt since the lockdown came into effect at the end of March. But what impacts have the measures had on the careers, lives and creativity of Liverpool City Region’s musicians?

In partnership with University of Liverpool, Bido Lito! is coordinating research into the effects of lockdown and social distancing on the city region’s musicians. Starting with a survey open to all musicians operating in LCR, the aim of the ‘Playing In’ research project is to produce a comprehensive report which will contribute to a roadmap for the recovery of our region’s music industry.


The survey covers the impact on music release schedules and creativity, cancellation of live shows and touring plans and implications for revenue costs and will produce a comprehensive picture of how Covid-19 has affected one of Liverpool’s most important industries. 

Dr Mathew Flynn, lead research, University of Liverpool said: “Throughout the Liverpool City Region’s rich musical history, the creativity and ambition of our musicians and music makers has always been the catalyst for change and renewal.  As the regional music sector navigates this period of uncertainty, better understanding our musicians’ experiences and the types of support they need is the essential first step to building a bright and vibrant future for the entire sector”. 


The survey is open until 7th August and all musicians are encouraged to respond to it before the deadline. As well as the survey the research team will also be conducting consultation events to gather more qualitative data and to produce case studies on wider music industry institutions from gig venues to practice rooms.

The research findings will be presented to the Liverpool Music Region Music Board to help facilitate a recovery plan for the sector as activity returns to normal. 

The first set of findings from the research are set to be published in Issue 109 of Bido Lito!

Take the survey here.

The survey will close on Friday 7th August.


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