Exclusive: How Musicians Feel About The Local Scene

“Overall, musicians in the area seem to feel that there’s a lot of friendly and talented people.”

June 14, 2018
By Jordan Ottesen

Some of you might remember us sending out a voluntary response survey a few months ago. The survey was aimed at getting a pulse on local musicians’ feelings towards the local scene with very open ended questions like, “what’s the hardest part about being a musician?”. Even with these open ended questions, there were some very prominent trends. Keep in mind this is a rough analysis done with a rough survey and shouldn’t be considered hard fact. It really is just intended to get a general feel for how musicians feel in the Provo. Overall, musicians in the area seem to feel that there’s a lot of friendly and talented people. They just wish there were more places to play.

Remember, this was a free response survey, so it’s pretty impressive that over 50% of responses talked about how good the music is without a leading question prompting that specific answer. This doesn’t mean 50% of responses think the music’s bad, rather it means that over 50% went out of their way to point out how good it is. It’s also interesting to see that about 1 in 4 people brought up the lack of venues, wishing there were more places to play. To Velour’s credit (the quintessential Provo music venue), they’ve curated a very professional location that has been a critical piece in helping local musicians succeed while many other venues have unfortunately just come and gone.

Check out a more comprehensive view of our findings in this infographic below. We’ve also included the top 2 responses to a couple of other interesting questions.

Here are the questions used in the survey:

What are your short term music related goals (next 3 months)?
What are your music related goals for the next 12 months?
What are your music related goals for the next 5 years?
What are some of the toughest obstacles you’ve faced as an artist?
What are some of the most frustrating parts of promoting your music?
What is the most difficult part of networking with other musicians, venues, etc?
What are your favorite things about the local music scene?
What are your least favorite things about the local music scene?
Is there anything else you’d like to geek out about or vent about being a musician? Anything at all.

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