Baseline Economic Study of the Music Industry in Northern Ireland

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Dear Queen's University Belfast,

Please consider this to be a Freedom of Information request in relation to the Baseline Economic Study of the Music Industry in Northern Ireland commissioned by NIMIC (Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission) in February 2009 and successfully tendered for By Professor Harrison and Dr Cole from your university.

According to the terms of reference of the original invitation to tender the findings of the study were to be delivered to NIMIC in final draft form no later than March 27th 2009. To date nobody involved in the commissioning or drafting of this Baseline Economic Study seems to either know or want to discuss how the funding for same was awarded or expended or indeed what has happened to the final report in the interim.

Can I ask you to please confirm as follows:

How many responses to the survey questionnaire were received?

What methodology / data was used by the surveyors to determine businesses active within the sector?

How many businesses within the sector were approached directly by the surveyors and of those how many completed the survey?

Of the predetermined funding sum available how much money has been paid to / claimed by your staff members in relation to this tender?

Was the initial deadline of March 27th 2009 for the final draft met / complied with?

What financial penalties, if any, were imposed in the event that the deadline was not met?

Assuming the initial deadline of March 27th was met then what has happened to / has been done with the final draft in the interim given that the decision to wind up NIMIC was not formally arrived at / made public until November of 2009 and the DS01 was not registered with Companies House until 29th March 2010 - a full year after the deadline?

Given the clearly stated intention to have this report made available to the public (Q39 of the questionnaire issued by Dr McCole refers) why, given the protracted timeframe to date together with the fact that the principal funding monies came from the public purse, have this reports findings not been made available to interested parties within the sector and wider afield?

If it is the intention to withhold the information / report from the wider public / publication then I must ask on what basis that decision has been made, by whom this decision was taken and how was any such decision arrived at / justified.

Yours faithfully,

Toby Dale

Suzanne Lambe, Queen's University Belfast

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Dear Mr Dale,

Please find attached a letter of acknowledgement, in relation to your
recent Freedom of Information request, from Debbie Troy, Registrar's
Office, Queen's University Belfast.

Regards,

Suzanne Lambe

Registrar's Office

Lanyon South

Tel: 028 9097 2505

Suzanne Lambe, Queen's University Belfast

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Dear Mr Dale,

Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information
request, from Clare Jamison, Head of the Registrar's Office, Queen's
University Belfast.

Regards,

Suzanne Lambe

Registrar's Office

Lanyon South

Tel: 028 9097 2505