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The Big Lockdown Music Survey

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Calling all music creators!

Presented NMC Recordings, in partnership with Bristol Beacon and partners across the country, we are embarking on a mission to collect recordings of all kinds of music made across England during the first national lockdown that began on 23 March 2020 and ended on 4 July 2020. We want to hear from music creators about their personal experience of lockdown and how it impacted their work.

Was lockdown a negative or positive experience for you? Were your recordings created in unusual circumstances? Were unconventional instruments, collaborators, and recording techniques involved?

You are invited to submit your music and tell us about your lockdown experience. Tracks will then be selected and curated by eight Gateway Partners to create album-length selections of music; there will be six music ‘albums’ in total representing tracks created in the North, the Midlands, London, East, South East and South West England.

Once we have gathered your submissions, NMC will use this data to create a searchable map and database showing how and where creators were working during lockdown.

Contributing creators whose tracks are selected will be paid for their work according to a Musicians Union-approved fee scale.

Apply here

The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2021.

For more information, please visit the NMC website.

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