Sound Diplomacy is the global expert in developing long term and self sufficient music strategies. We have worked in over 40 countries and with over 100 clients, spanning public, private and third sectors, such as the Greater London Authority, City of Vancouver and UNIDO. We are proud to be working with Croydon Council to conduct an analysis of the music ecosystem and to explore how best to support its evolution.

This website will be updated regularly, with reports on what has been done, what is planned, key dates, and an opportunity for you to comment on the process. Email with the Subject line 'SUBSCRIBE CROYDON' to get updates straight to your inbox, and to get an alert when new pieces of research or participatory surveys are published online.


What's planned:



We have created a survey to help us understand the Croydon music ecosystem and to figure out what it most needs.

If you are a live music lover, musician or music industry professional then we would love to hear from you.

The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and can be found here.

Please share the link on social media and with anyone you know who cares about music in Croydon.

The survey will be live until Friday 19th October.


We will be running 5 round tables to gather opinions on challenges and opportunities within the Croydon music ecosystem.

Please look through the different round tables we’ll be running below. If one looks relevant to you and you’d like your voice to be heard then please contact

All round tables will take place at:
The Front Room, 37-39 St George’s Walk, Croydon CR0 1YL

Three of the round table sessions will run on Wednesday September 26th:

  • 11.30-13.00 Nightlife/Live Music: Live music venues, nightclubs, festivals, promoters, bars, restaurants.

  • 14.30-16.00 Musicians: Recording and performing artists.     

  • 17.00-18.30 Music industry: Labels, studios, rehearsal spaces, managers, technology, retail.

Two of the round table sessions will run on Wednesday October 3rd:

  • 14.30-16.00 Music education: Schools, higher education, private tuition and community.

  • 17.00-18.30 Music audiences: Music fans of all ages.

 In the evening, after each day of round tables, The Front Room will be hosting a Jazz Jam. We will be warmly inviting all participants to come along, to meet each other and to continue the conversation.



We are currently mapping Croydon’s music ecosystem. Results will be included in the music report.

Music Report

The findings from our analysis of the survey responses, round tables and music ecosystem data will be captured in a report to be shared around the end of October.