SurveyHarmonies: Participate in the International Music Professionals Survey

Unleash the power of survey harmonization, open data, and open-source scientific software

In the SurveyHarmonies project, we created various tools to “recycle” existing surveys about music professionals and music audiences. By combining existing survey elements with building new music-related surveys, we not only collect original data but can immediately compare them with data from the source surveys. This way, we can unleash the power of survey harmonization, open data, and open-source scientific software for music industry stakeholders who lack in-house access to these rare and cutting-edge skills.

Retrospective survey harmonization means that your answers (we surveyed about 1500 music professionals in 2019) can be compared with other respondants (for example, the same questions asked in Eurobarometer from more than 30,000 people.)
Retrospective survey harmonization means that your answers (we surveyed about 1500 music professionals in 2019) can be compared with other respondants (for example, the same questions asked in Eurobarometer from more than 30,000 people.)

Harmonized surveys increase the efficiency and impact of social sciences surveys in many ways. Harmonized surveys are particularly useful for learning from international best practices (how your country compares to the best practice country); comparative valuation; understanding the dynamics of gender inequalities in an international and time-wise comparison, or simply conducting higher-value academic or market research.

Stop reinventing the wheel

Our question bank contains curated survey questions in the English (master), Bulgarian, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, and Slovak languages. These questions are designed by survey professionals and have been used multiple times in the past.

Using our harmonized question bank has many advantages:

  • The questions – both the English-language master versions and the translations – are formed and structured in a way that has been tested by many thousands of respondents (sometimes even hundreds of thousands or millions). You do not have to spend resources on testing the questions.
  • We harmonized the concepts, which are verbalized in the questions, in a way that the answers can be immediately joined with recycled survey answers, official statistics, and open science resources.
  • You can still add your own questions, but you do not have to worry about questions that have been asked of music audiences and music professionals (artists, technicians, managers, etc.) in the past.
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Recycle and harmonize answers

The use of harmonized questions has a unique value proposition: your answers can be immediately compared to how music audiences or professionals answered the same questions in previous years, in other countries, or other regions. This brings particular impact where socioeconomic factors are concerned. For instance, when you ask about the side jobs of musicians, you can directly compare them with your country’s or region’s occupation statistics. Likewise, when you ask about the incomes of musicians or audiences, you can immediately compare these with the correct income statistics of the relevant region or country.

In action: try out our demo survey

Try out our demo survey (2-3 minutes) in English or Italian:

Multiple languages

We aim to provide harmonized surveys in all EU official languages and, when possible, also in minority languages. Multi-language surveying is expensive and hard because you must develop, test, and collect answers for exactly the same questionnaire in several languages. The answers need to be re-coded in a retrospective harmonization process.

Click [here](/documents/multilanguage_qb.html) to select questions, and import them into various file formats.
Click here to select questions, and import them into various file formats.

Try it out

Participate in the International Music Professionals Survey 2023

In the SurveyHarmonies project financed by MusicAIRE, SINUS creates an exploratory workflow that integrates many open-source scientific applications and open governmental or scientific data sources. In late January 2023, we will conduct a multi-country test of the results and collect user feedback afterward.

  • For music organizations that contribute to our survey, we will create a free, multi-country report, which will:
  • Identify the income sources of music professionals in the target countries and track how they have changed since 2019;
  • Measure the income level of music professionals and track how it has changed since 2019;
  • Explore music professionals’ perceptions of gender inequalities and corruption, both within the music industry and in the target countries more generally.
  • Compare music professionals’ sources of income, income levels, and perceptions of gender inequalities and corruption with the general population in the target countries and the EU as a whole.
Our target country/language list is the same as the last CEEMID Music Professionals Survey conducted in 2019. See how the [results were used](https://ceereport2020.ceemid.eu/supply.html#creators-of-music) in the Central European Music Industry Report 2020.
Our target country/language list is the same as the last CEEMID Music Professionals Survey conducted in 2019. See how the results were used in the Central European Music Industry Report 2020.

Our default target countries are Ireland, the United Kingdom, Malta (EN), Bulgaria (BG), Germany, Austria (DE), Hungary (HU), and Lithuania (LT).

Further countries?

Upon request and for a modest contribution (to support translation, etc.), we are happy to include Armenia, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, and/or Romania in the target country list, because most of the questionnaire and the comparative data from 2019 is present for these countries. Further countries may be added if the partner pays for local language translation.

Daniel Antal
Daniel Antal
Data Scientist & Founder of the Digital Music Observatory

Founder of the Digital Music Observatory and co-founder of Reprex.

James Edwards, PhD
James Edwards, PhD
Curator for innovative survey data

James Edwards, PhD is a senior researcher in mixed-methods social research design and implementation, and a musicologist.

Sinus-Institute
Sinus-Institute
Scientific parnter, economics, statistiscs, finance

Sinus-Institue helps the Digital Music Observatory with innovative survey design and survey implementation.