The third largest city in the United States apparently only has the fifth largest group of working musicians according to a survey put out by the University of Chicago. This survey is interesting however, I have no way to access it. I found this out from blogger James Porter of Time Out Chicago Magazine. Porter disagrees with the findings and I have to agree with him that some of the results seem out of sync. For instance Country Western musicians make up 5.1% of the population while Blues musicians make up only 3.6%!
However, before I get to out on a limb here, I would like to see the data. I have a feeling, (just a feeling:-) That perhaps these numbers are union musicians. The music union is pretty strong in Chicago, so perhaps they are using union membership for their numbers.
So Hopefully I can find some time this weekend to dig around on the net for the numbers, or if someone runs across the study send it my way. I don't want to jump all over the University of Chicago unless I can study the data. Also the University of Chicago is an outstanding university, so I can't see them releasing something half-baked.