Over Half of Musicians Reluctant to Admit AI Usage in Track Creation, Study Finds

A recent survey conducted by Pirate Studios reveals that 52% of musicians would not disclose their use of AI in creating music tracks. The survey, which included responses from 1,141 artists within the Pirate Studios network, found that while 25% have already experimented with AI and 46% are open to doing so in the future, less than half would admit to using AI to their listeners. Additionally, 53% of respondents expressed concerns about how their use of AI might be perceived by their audience.

The survey underscores the ongoing conflict among artists and fans regarding AI’s role in music creation. Pirate Studios co-founder and CEO David Borrie commented on the findings: “Understandably, artists are hesitant about adopting AI in the studio, and also hesitant about broadcasting their use of this controversial new technology. It’s useful to look back at the introduction of tools like Auto-Tune, which faced criticism in their early days, but eventually found their place in the music industry. AI’s journey toward becoming a standard tool in music creation may follow a similar path, as artists and audiences alike adapt to this innovation.”

When asked about the stages of their music-making process where AI would be most beneficial, the top choice was songwriting and composition, followed by research and inspiration. Beat and rhythm creation, mastering, and arrangement were also identified as useful areas for AI integration, though these categories were more evenly distributed.