Gender and Music Gear Experiences Survey

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This survey has been created in order to learn about ciswomen, trans, and non-binary musicians' experiences with music gear and their relationship to it. This information will be used to help those in the music gear industry get a better understanding of these experiences and better serve their customers.

The survey has not been created in service to any particular company or brand, but for the purpose of informing and improving future training with and recommendations to those in the industry.

Responses are totally anonymous. If you share your email upon completion, you will be signed up for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card in a raffle. This email address will not be shared with external partners and will not be tied to your responses. You can email me with any questions or comments directly via my website.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and time to help others!

Sincerely,

Hilary Jones
Musician | Gear Nerd | Former Director, Girls Rock! Rhode Island | Part-Time Faculty, University of Rhode Island
Hilary B. Jones Consulting
hilarybjones.com/music-gear

>>>Content warning: Please note that this survey includes questions about experiences of harassment.<<<
Gender *
Your answer
Race / ethnicity *
Your answer
Age *
Your answer
Please describe any additional identities that are important to you below:
Your answer
City
Your answer
State *
Your answer
Country *
Your answer
If you live in the US, please select your region:
What type of community do you live in? *
Select your primary relationship to music: *
Select your secondary relationship to music, if any:
When identifying myself as a musician, I consider myself to be a: *
What music genre(s) do you play?
SELECT UP TO THREE ONLY
What is your primary instrument? *
How old were you when you started playing your primary instrument? *
Your answer
What other instruments do you play (if any) and how long have you played them?
Your answer
How would you rate your comfort level with your primary instrument's gear?
Very uncomfortable
Very comfortable
How would you rate your knowledge level of your primary instrument's gear? *
Not very knowledgeable
Very knowledgeable
How did you acquire your first instrument / music gear? *
If you selected "other" above, where did you acquire your first instrument / music gear?
Your answer
How / where do you primarily acquire music gear? *
How / where else do you generally acquire music gear?
If you selected "other" for either of the two questions above, how / where do you acquire music gear?
Your answer
On average, how much do you spend on music gear annually (or equivalent value in gifts)? *
Do you anticipate making any major gear purchases in the next three months? *
If you answered "yes" to the question above, how much do you anticipate spending on this purchase?
When purchasing music gear from a retailer (in a store or online- not via Craigslist, a friend, etc.), what are the top three factors in determining where you shop, OTHER THAN price? *
SELECT THREE ONLY
Required
When purchasing music gear, what are the top three factors in determining the products / brands you buy, OTHER THAN price? *
SELECT THREE ONLY
Required
If you selected "other" in either of the two questions above, which other factors determine where you shop or what you buy?
Your answer
Where are you most likely to learn about music gear? *
Where is the second most likely place for you learn about music gear?
Please list any particular places you learn about music gear below (stores, magazines, websites, YouTube channels, social media, etc.): *
Your answer
Music gear helps me to...
Fill in the blank
Your answer
Music gear makes me feel...
Fill in the blank
Your answer
I am comfortable with music gear when...
Fill in the blank
Your answer
I am uncomfortable with music gear when...
Fill in the blank
Your answer
Please describe any barriers to building your relationship with music gear below: *
Your answer
What impact have those barriers had on you as a musician? *
Your answer
Please indicate your personal experiences below. "I have experienced unfair or differential treatment as a result of my gender..."
N/A
Never
Very rarely
Rarely
Sometimes
Frequently
Very frequently
in a music store."
on a music gear website."
on music gear social media."
Please indicate your personal experiences below. "I have experienced unwanted sexual comments...
N/A
Never
Very rarely
Rarely
Sometimes
Frequently
Very frequently
in a music store."
on a music gear website or online group"
on music gear social media."
Please indicate your personal experiences below. "As a result of their treatment of ciswomen, trans, or non-binary people, I have chosen to purchase music gear from a particular..." *
N/A
Never
Very rarely
Rarely
Sometimes
Frequently
Very frequently
store or chain."
online music gear retailer."
company or brand."
Please indicate your personal experiences below. "As a result of their treatment of ciswomen, trans, or non-binary people, I have chosen NOT to purchase music gear from a particular..." *
N/A
Never
Very rarely
Rarely
Sometimes
Frequently
Very frequently
store or chain."
online music gear retailer."
company or brand."
Please describe any particularly negative experiences with music gear below. Describe a time when a music gear retailer or brand got it wrong.
Your answer
Please describe any particularly positive experiences with music gear below. Describe a time when a music gear retailer or brand got it right.
Your answer
I feel like the music gear industry "gets" me: *
I feel like the music gear industry does a good job of portraying ciswomen, trans, and non-binary people in advertising and marketing.
I feel comfortable in music gear stores.
I feel comfortable engaging in music gear industry online discussions (in forums, groups, social media, YouTube, etc.).
If you were speaking to a music retailer, music gear company CEO, music gear magazine or website publisher, what recommendations would you give them to create a better experience for girls, women, trans, and non-binary individuals? *
If you selected "other" above, please describe your recommendation(s) below:
Your answer
Please include any additional comments or thoughts and gender and music gear below:
Anything missed or not captured about your experience in this survey? Ideas to consider?
Your answer
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