The Big Lockdown Music Survey

The deadline for submissions to the Big Lockdown Music Survey has now passed.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part, we'll be in touch soon about your submission.

Calling all music creators: showcase your music, be paid for your work, and be a part of a snapshot in recorded music of a once-in-a-generation experience.

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.

Find out more about the Big Lockdown Music Survey