Our Findings

Making Music Work mapped the creative, social, cultural, and economic realities of the portfolio music career through a study of over 600 Australian musicians (592 survey responses and 11 in-depth interviews).

The findings provide a nuanced and granular understanding of the working lives, career trajectories, economic circumstances, and creative lives of portfolio musicians across the country.



The findings provide significant insights for musicians, as well as the music and broader arts sectors. These findings are also relevant for music institutions and organisations providing professional training and lifelong learning opportunities.

 The findings are reported in a suite of industry outputs, all freely accessible and available here.


Summary Findings


This brochure provides a brief summary of the project’s key findings and recommendations. To download the brochure, click here.



Full Industry Report


This full report provides an extensive overview of the study’s findings. To download a low resolution version of the report, click here.




Fact Sheets

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This series of six 2-page fact sheets provides a snapshot of some of the key survey findings. To download the package of fact sheets, click here.




Musician Profiles

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This suite of eleven musician profiles features insights from the interviews with eleven leading musicians navigating portfolio careers. To download the package of musician profiles, click here.