The Big Lockdown Music Survey

The response to the open call was brilliant and we received over 200 submissions of recorded music of all styles and sounds, from all over the country. Thank you to everyone who took part!

We passed your submissions onto our regional partner organisations. They listened and selected their favourite tracks, curating selections to represent their region. This is your advanced heads-up that we are nearly ready to share the selected tracks with the world!

We will launch a lockdown listening map of England, with interactive filters including mood, genre, weather, and location. Alongside the recordings we'll also share some of the rich data and personal stories as part of our audio snapshot of this once-in-a-generation experience.

We will also share comprehensive, free, educational resources full of techniques and top tips from industry experts all about recording music at home, for those with little experience or without access to studio recording equipment. 

Keep an eye on this part of our website for the launch in a few weeks time!

More information about the Big Lockdown Music Survey

NMC Recordings is embarking on a mission to collect recordings of all kinds of music made across England during lockdown. We want to collect information about music creators’ personal experience of lockdown and how it impacted their work. 

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

We encourage all music creators to take part and submit recordings of all sorts, whatever the music genre, and whatever your age, experience, or background. Your music doesn’t need to be ‘finished’: we’re also interested in initial ideas, fragments, and works-in-progress.

We want you to send us your lockdown recordings even if…

  • You recorded it roughly in your bedroom, using your phone
  • Your ensemble was only able to perform it over Zoom
  • Your track is unfinished, incomplete, or sketchy
  • You were experimenting with new techniques or processes

…it is exactly these stories of adaption and experimentation that we want to tell!

Once we have gathered your data and your lockdown recordings, NMC will use this information to create an interactive map and database showing how and where creators were working during lockdown. Tracks will then be selected and curated by our regional 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. Read more about our regional Gateway partners here.

Detailed project overview