Music Publishing in the US: Market Research Report

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Music Publishing Market Research Report | NAICS 51223 | Dec 2014

Getting a remix: Diversified digital media outlets have opened up new revenue streams for publishers

IBISWorld’s Music Publishing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Music Publishing industry is in the midst of an important transition. Falling physical album sales in the past five years have forced publishers to seek out new revenue sources and become less dependent on their traditional licensing platform. Thus, music publishers are continuously cultivating licensing agreements with newer revenue streams such as mobile outlets, digital streaming services and wireless music subscription services. In the five years to 2019, the industry will continue to leverage technological change. In addition, increasing disposable income and rising corporate spending will boost the industry's performance... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Music publishers earn revenue from licensing the right to use an artist's songs. Operators in this industry acquire the copyrights (or a share of the copyrights) of musical compositions or enter into agreements to administer copyrights (or a share of copyrights). Revenue is derived from these compositions by licensing them for inclusion on records, film, TV and other media. In return for providing these services, companies are entitled to a percentage of the royalty income, which varies from contract to contract. Revenue is derived from four main types of royalties.

Mechanical royalties

Mechanical royalties describe revenue derived from audio compositions, including tape recordings, music videos, ringtones, digital songs and music used in other recorded items... purchase to read more


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What is the Music Publishing Industry?

Music publishers work for musicians, songwriters and composers. They are responsible for licensing the intellectual property of their clients and ensuring that royalties are collected. Royalties are earned in various ways, including each time a song is downloaded on iTunes, sold on an album, reproduced in a live concert or played on the radio, a television show, in a movie or through other media outlets.

Industry Products
Mechanical royaltiesPerformance royaltiesSynchronization royalties
Industry Activities
Registering and administering music copyrightsCollecting of royalty paymentsSheet music publishingProviding advances against future income

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