J-Hive - Jazz Festivals & Audience Research

J-HIVE Cheltenham Jazz Project – Terms and Conditions

J-HIVE Research Project – Cheltenham, April 28th-30th 2016


The J-Hive Research Project is hosted by Birmingham City University and has been designed in accordance with the University’s ethical guidelines for research activity. Please read the following information regarding the study carefully before beginning your participation in the project. To register that you have read and understood these terms and conditions, please enter your name and email address in the space provided at the end of this document, or read and sign the paper copy provided to you by a member of the research team. If you have difficulty accessing or understanding all or part of this information, please contact a member of the research team.



You have been invited to take part in a research study that is looking at the experiences of people attending music festivals. This project has been approved by the Birmingham City University Research Ethics Committee, and your understanding and agreement of the information in this document are a condition of that approval.


In this study, you will be posting information (in the form of digital text and/or images) to an online interface. You will be posting this information through a device of your choice (mobile phone, laptop, tablet), which will also gather information about your location at the time of each post. In addition to this, you will provide some personal information, including name, age, and contact details, to the project team.

All data provided to the interface by you, along with the personal information provided at sign-up stage, are not and will not be publicly visible. The research team has made best efforts to ensure that relevant data security measures are in place to mitigate against any external attempts to access the data collected by the project. Any data collected by the project will be held on a secure online server. The project team will utilise all available security measures at their disposal to ensure that access to the project database is restricted only to researchers involved with the J-Hive project.

The project will be collecting data between 28th and 30th April, 2016, during the course of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Shortly after the festival you may be asked to complete a short, online survey about your experience, and you may be invited to take part in follow up interviews. At the end of this process your participation will come to an end.


You may decide to stop being a part of this research project at any time without explanation. You also have the right to ask that any data you have supplied be withdrawn/destroyed.

If you would like to stop participation, please cease to post information to the interface. Your decision to withdraw will not influence the nature of your relationship with the researchers or their respective institutions either now or in the future.

If you have any questions as a result of reading this information, you should ask one of the research team before the study begins.


Although you might not benefit directly, it is hoped that you will enjoy expressing your opinions on matters which could have potentially useful outcomes for the design and implementation of any future iterations of this research project. It is hoped also that the findings derived from this study will help inform organisations involved in the design and delivery of music festivals, particularly as it relates to the experience of visitors.

There are no foreseeable risks to health or well-being as a result of participating in this research project. Participants are reminded, however, that it is their sole responsibility when posting information to the online interface to ensure that it is safe to do so.

Your participation in this study is voluntary and as such there is no provision for financial reimbursement of any kind. This includes loss, theft or damage to personal equipment (mobile phones, laptops, tablets) that may be incurred during the course of participation in the project.


Any information collected during the course of your participation will not be provided to 3rd Parties without your consent.

During any public (online/offline) dissemination activity undertaken by the research team your information will be fully anonymised. You should be aware, however, that the content of anything posted to the online interface (text, images, location data) may be used in public dissemination activity by the research team.


More information can be sought at any time by contacting Professor Nick Gebhardt (Nicholas.Gebhardt@bcu.ac.uk) including information about the final results of the study. Additional questions concerning ethics can be directed to Professor Paul Long (Paul.Long@bcu.ac.uk), chair of BUC’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media’s Research Ethics Committee.