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SMIA Research: Skills Survey
The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is currently undertaking a research project to identify skills gaps and training needs of practitioners working in Scotland’s music industry in 2017. The purpose of this research is to enable the SMIA to understand what the development needs of the industry are, allowing us to then take relevant actions and deliver useful industry training.

We ask for only 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey, contributing to our research and helping strengthen our music industry. If you could also help spread the word by sharing details of our research on social media/to your own mailing lists, this would be greatly appreciated.

The SMIA affirms that any personal information requested below is gathered only for analytical purposes and will not be shared with third parties.

For any queries regarding this research, please email:

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1. Name & Surname.
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2. Occupation, company and position (if more than one, please include all and list your hours worked per week in each role).
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3. What is your gross annual income (combined from all occupations)?
4. What percentage of your gross income is generated from the music industry?
5. What is your highest educational qualification?
6. What is your work location(s)? Please, specify postcode(s) if possible.
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7. What is your residence location? Please, specify postcode if possible.
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8. Does your work often include commuting/travelling (Please select all that apply)?
9. From the categories below, which best describe your sector(s) of work (Please select all that apply):
10. If you have chosen more than one category and/or you currently have more than one occupation, please answer the following two questions. Otherwise, move to Question 12. I undertake more than one role in the music industry because... (Please select all that apply):
11. If you could/would like to drop one of your current occupations, please specify which one that would be.
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12. How well trained do you feel you are for the duties and responsibilities of the role(s) you are currently handling?
13. Have you participated in any music industry related training? If yes, please specify what training and when and where you undertook it. Otherwise, please move to Question 14.
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14. Which skills/topics/themes would you like to have further training on? If you don’t think that you need further training, please move to Question 15.
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15. Are you aware that the SMIA is running a series of training workshops throughout 2017, all of which are free entry for members?
16. Do workshops providing training on various music industry related skills (including crowdfunding, live streaming, podcasting, funding applications, social media, financial planning, contracts and IP, PR) generally interest you?
17. Would being able to watch our filmed workshops in your own time online be of interest to you?
18. Are you familiar with SMIA’s mission and objectives?
19. How often do you engage with the SMIA?
20. Are you currently an SMIA member?
21. If you aren't currently a member of the SMIA, would you be interested in joining?
22. Are you a member of any other industry organisations? If yes, please specify. Otherwise, move to Question 23.
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23. If you are not currently a member of the SMIA but you have been in the past, please specify when, for how long and what were your reasons for terminating the membership. Otherwise, please move to Question 24.
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24. If you are currently an SMIA member (or had been in the past), what were your reasons for joining up? (Please select all that apply). If you are not currently an SMIA member, please move on to Question 25.
25. What added benefits would you like to have in your SMIA membership or, if you are not a member, what would motivate you to become one?
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26. Are there any actions or initiatives you would like to see the SMIA taking in the near future?
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27. Would you be interested to participate in a short focus group interview via Skype or face to face in order to amend the results of this survey? If yes, please write below the e-mail address you would like to be contacted through. If you are not sure or need more information, please drop us an e-mail at!
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