New research reveals that the majority of people in the UK were helped by music to cope with the pressure of the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Public First poll, which polled more than 1,000 adults, is the largest of its kind since major music industries were shut down due to the pandemic. The survey, published by UK Music, found that 57% of adults said their music helped them cope with the lockdown, with 14% taking the opposite view.
Forty-two percent of those surveyed said they listened to more music than usual during the lockdown period, and 31 percent said they turned to music when they felt anxious. 56% said they listened to music to improve their mood when they were not feeling well. According to the research findings, about one million adults started playing a musical instrument during the lockdown. 59% of respondents said that music helped their health and well-being and only 11% said they disagreed.
The music industry supports 200,000 jobs
74% said that music is important for their quality of life, with 39% saying that its importance has increased over the past year. 26% of respondents said that listening to music is their favorite hobby, second only to watching TV (42%) – and much more than watching movies (18%) and video games (15%). 71% of participants expressed confidence that music improves their productivity at work or study. The findings also reveal that the audience wants to return to live concerts.
Despite Covid-19, 43% of the public is interested in going to one live concert, or Music Festival this year. 66%, ie 2/3 of the respondents stated that they plan to attend more or more concerts than before the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the respondents in the 18-24 age group, 38% say that attending a music festival or concert is one of the things they look forward to the most. In addition, 45% said they were concerned about the financial viability of local music venues due to the impact of Covid-19. The music industry is a sector that contributed ,8 5.8 billion to the UK economy before the Covid-19 pandemic and provides around 200,000 jobs.