Dansk Live – Overview of figures & facts

Dansk Live represents 76 music venues in Denmark. The venues have a median of 500 audience capacity. Together the venues present well over 16,000 artist performances per year, which attract almost 1.7 million visits. Dansk Live venues do much more than live music alone, and are also involved in educational, social, artistic, culinary, and multi-disciplinary activities. Also 70% of the music venues organise festivals.

Dansk Live – Legal Status – The Survey Publication 2020

Dansk Live music venues are for 95% non-profit venues, mostly private non-profit (74%) but also public venues (21%). Also 5% of all venues are private commercial. Music venues with different legal status have different business models, but looking at all Dansk Live venues, the Survey results show a mixed income of subsidy (36%) and audience spendings (48%) on tickets, food and beverages. In total Dansk Live venues generate an income of well over 30 million euro. Support from the government and the high amount of volunteers work make housing and workers costs lower, so almost all money generated by ticket sales is spent on programme costs, and more can be in vested in presenting local and emerging talents.

Dansk Live – Income – The Survey Publication 2020
Dansk Live – Expenditure – The Survey Publication 2020

In Denmark volunteers are very important for the daily practices in the venue, especially for smaller venues. Of the 5,100 total workers in the Dansk Live venues, over 4,000 are volunteers, responsible for 30% of all working hours. In total 49% of the workers are female.

Dansk Live – Share of Paid and Volunteers Work(ers) – The Survey Publication 2020


To learn more about these venues visit http://dansklive.dk and/or contact Dansk Live Survey coordinator Sabrina Højbjerg, sabrina[@]dansklive.dk

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Overview Dansk Live venues

Based on the data (year 2017) of 43 Dansk Live music venues, collected during 2018 and 2019, and extrapolated to data of 76 music venues part of Dansk Live and Live DMA in 2017.