Our Reports

Our insight reports are commissioned from leading industry figures and are intended to open up debate on the business’ keenest issues informing all of the key challenges, and signposting the opportunities for a radically transforming industry. 

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Can Music Make You Sick? Part 2: Qualitative Study and Recommendations

2017
Author/s: Sally Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave, 2017

Published Mon. 16th Oct. 2017, part 2 of MusicTank/ University of Westminster research commissioned by Help Musicians UK, investigating the incidence of musicians’ mental health… This 40-page report details qualitative analysis and findings from interviews with 26 musicians who were asked how their working conditions impacted on their mental health and general wellbeing.

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Can Music Make You Sick? Part 1: Pilot Survey and Report

2017
Author/s: Sally Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave, 2016

Part 1 of MusicTank/ University of Westminster research commissioned by Help Musicians UK, investigated the incidence of musicians’ mental health… This 41-page report details the summary findings from 2,211 survey respondents and features 4 musician case studies.

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Unlocking The Sync

2017
Author/s: Kier Wiater Carnihan & Dr. Eamonn Forde, 2017

COMING SOON! Unlocking The Sync is an ethical ‘how-to’ navigation of the music licensing and brand partnership world. Written by Kier Wiater Carnihan of Record-Play (a music consultancy that counts adidas and Google among its clients), alongside award-winning music industry journalist Dr. Eamonn Forde, this book is set to become the defining text containing leading insight into the worlds of music, synchronisation and brands.

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Can Music Make You Sick? Part 1: Pilot Survey Report Summary

2016
Author/s: Sally Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave, 2016

MusicTank/ University of Westminster were commissioned by Help Musicians UK to undertake an ambitious and far-reaching piece of research into the incidence of mental health amongst musicians and those involved in the creative process more generally.  This download is a 2-page summary of Part 1: Pilot Study and Preliminary Findings, as presented by Help Musicians UK.  The full report on which this is based can also be downloaded from this website.

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London Street Performance Research

2016
Author/s: MusicTank

MusicTank was commissioned to undertake a pilot research project for the Mayor of London/ GLA as a pre-cursor to a larger and more definitive study on which to formalise London-wide policy.       

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It's Just A Click Away: How Copyright Law Is Failing Musicians

2015
Author/s: Jon Webster & Fiona McGugan

This paper intends to demonstrate the legal mechanisms that occur behind each consumer 'click' on streaming platforms and how the payment structure to labels, publishers and artists can change with each one.

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Making Available, Communication To The Public & User Interactivity

2015
Author/s: Fiona McGugan

This paper considers the evolution of communication rights that overshadow conventional distribution and reproduction rights as music consumption increasingly shifts away from the ownership model of sales, towards access models of streaming services.

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Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide To Funding Music Projects

2013
Author/s: Remi Harris

This critically acclaimed, must-read report, MusicTank’s 6th publication puts the topic of funding firmly under the spotlight, providing musicians, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses & SMEs with a hands-on answer to the question ‘how can I get funding for my music project?’

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The Dark Side Of The Tune: The Hidden Energy Cost Of Digital Music Consumption

2012
Author/s: Dagfinn Bach

This report reviews current research on the costs of data traffic and highlights some of the energy costs inherent in a range of existing digital music services. These costs are both startling and surprising.

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Remake, Remodel: The Evolution Of The Record Label

2011
Author/s: Tony Wadsworth with Dr. Eamonn Forde

This report draws from the quarter century Tony has spent on the front lines of the record business – including the most tumultuous decade in its history.  It defies much of the accepted wisdom and reveals the latest thinking on the evolution and future of the record company through conversations with some of the sector’s top executives.  

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Let's Sell Recorded Music!

2009
Author/s: Sam Shemtob

Analysis of the relationships between the recordings business, ISPs, consumers and Government, in an attempt to help foster progress towards compelling legal alternatives to unlicensed file sharing.  

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Meet The Millennials

2008
Author/s: Terry McBride

An authoritative account of fan influence over musical creation, exploitation and consumption.  

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Beyond The Soundbytes

2006
Author/s: Peter Jenner

Analysis drawn from MusicTank activities and ‘filtered’ through the author’s 40+ years of music business experience, detailing key industry issues and suggestions for their possible resolve.  

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