Contract Research

MusicTank is engaged in a number of research projects involving both academics from across University of Westminster and external consultants.  Projects are listed below – scroll down for further detail on each.  Contact us for enquiries and further information.

Current Projects

British Council - Rapid Analysis of UK Radio and Audio Content

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Music And Depression – Mental Health and The Music Industry

Client: Help Musicians UK | View Project

London Night Time Commission

Client: Mayor of London/ GLA | View Project

London Street Performance Research

Client: Mayor of London/ GLA | View Project

Project Details

British Council - Rapid Analysis of UK Radio and Audio Content

British Council

We are delighted to have been awarded a research commission by the British Council which will review radio and audio content across the UK.  The particular focus of the research is on youth-run and youth-curated channels and their audiences, to gain further understanding of the key people, producers and technologies involved.  Lead by Dr. Matthew Linfoot, this research will be used to recognise the cultural value and international potential of this dynamic part of the UK music sector, and will be competed March 2018.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It creates knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries,  by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries it works with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

Read the research here.

Music And Depression – Mental Health and The Music Industry

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Launched at The Great Escape May 2016, as part of Help Musicians UK mental health campaign, MusicTank/ University of Westminster delivered the largest known academic study into the incidence of mental health in musicians and those involved in the creative music process more broadly, with research conducted by music business management course leader Sally Gross, and senior lecturer Dr. George Musgrave, here at University of Westminster.

Conculding January 2017, this research, entitled Can Music Make You Sick? reached out to stakeholders across a broad age and genre range in pursuit of a more inclusive and holistic reflection of the state of musicians’ mental health and industry practice, and extended its focus beyond musicians to all those involved in the creative music process to include producers, sound engineers, re-mixers, composers, songwriters, live crew, labels and publishers.

This research directly informed the charity's MusicMindsMatter campaign, and led to the establishment of a free, 24-hour helpline for music creatives who require help.

The research comprised quantitative and qualitive analysis, which can be freely accessed here.

London Night Time Commission

Greater London Authority 2016

Involving some of the leading academics and consultants in the study of the night time economy, the outputs of this MusicTank/ University of Westminster research project helped shape and inform the Greater London Authority’s policy and vision of London as a 24-hour City, resulting in the GLA's publication of 24-hour London.

Lead by MusicTank, this project was truly interdisciplinary in approach, involving Westminster Law School (Prof. Guy Osborn and Dr. Simon Flacks) and pre-eminent planning and night time economy experts Prof. Marion Roberts, from Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, and Dr. Adam Eldridge from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.  It also benefits from the expertise of Terry Bevan, TBR Consulting.

Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) has a longstanding track record of high-level engagement in the academic study of the Night Time Economy, Transport and Planning and is a known and trusted supplier of consultancy to many London Boroughs including Westminster and Camden, in addition to the GLA.  The team brings together expertise in different areas of the night-time economy spanning the creative industries, planning, management and law, in conjunction with external economic consultants TBR who created the Night Mix Index which is now the standard template by which to measure NTE economic performance in the UK and Australia.

The research was delivered to the GLA Sept 2016.  You can access the report here.

London Street Performance Research

Mayor Of London and Busk In London

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.  The aim of this pilot study was to illuminate some of the issues and inform GLA’s campaign to develop it into a form that everyone can accept.

The practice of street entertainment and busking in London presents both challenges and opportunities which continue to divide some communities with a range of opinions from musicians/ performers and tourists, through to local residents and businesses. 

Whilst hardly unexpected in finding that overwhelmingly, tourists consider busking enhances the visitor experience, more surprising was to find that contrary to perceived wisdom, the majority of residents favoured busking too, for its cultural contribution to the capital.  Research was conducted April 2016 and the report published July 2016.

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