A new study has found that music was one of the biggest factors that helped people during the COVID-19 lockdown. The pandemic brought many challenges to everyone around the world. There were not many things people could rely on to escape the challenges of being inside all day. Some turned to video games, others to newfound hobbies – and for many, it was music.
In fact, this UK survey indicated that music helped 57% of people deal with the lockdown. 42% of people listened to music more than ever before. The survey was to determine the effects of the lockdown on both the music industry and its consumers. It also looked to conclude what the future of music might hold for listeners.
1 million adults in the UK began learning an instrument once the lockdown was in effect. 31% of people said that music helped ease their anxiety. 56% of people stated music improves their mood. Many were also concerned with the live music industry. UK Music Chief Executive, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, has this to say about the survey results:
“These results demonstrate just how important music is to our nation and the critical role it has played over the course of this pandemic, combined with the huge economic contribution the music industry made pre-Covid-19, this is further evidence that the UK music industry is a key national asset that should be protected and supported by government.”
I am actually surprised that these numbers are not higher. I know that at least among my network, music was one of the only things people felt they could turn to. A survey in the U.S. might also be beneficial to the industry as well. Regardless, I think we all are happy live events are back.