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 provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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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

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The Music Publishing industry carries a moderate level of market share concentration. IBISWorld estimates that the industry's three major players (Vivendi incorporating BMG and Universal Music Group, Warner Music and Sony, after its acquisition of EMI's publishing arm) together will generate 44.1% of industry revenue in 2014. Concentration in this industry has been volatile due to recent mergers and acquisitions involving major players. With such acquisitions, major entities attempt to mitigate a declining market by acquiring smaller, profitable competitors. Major players tend to own numerous smaller labels and publishers and only sign major names directly to the parent label.

In the five years to 2014, there have been major structural shifts in the Music Publishing industry... 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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