Global Music Production and Distribution: Market Research Report

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Global Music Production and Distribution Market Research Report | Dec 2013

The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Music Production and Distribution global market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at an international 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Sony Music Entertainment Sony Music Entertainment market share
Time Warner Time Warner market share
Vivendi Vivendi market share
Industry Statistics & Forecast
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
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Employment ('000)
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Revenue in the Global Music Production and Distribution industry fell over the five years to 2013 because many of the industry's largest companies have failed to leverage a crop of potential new revenue streams to compensate for the extreme drop in physical album sales over the past five years. Unfortunately, over the five years to 2018, industry revenue is expected to continue contracting, and music companies' performance over the next five years hinges on their ability to embrace new technology... read more

Industry Locations

The industry is dominated by firms based in the United States and Europe. Nearly three-quarters of revenue in the industry is located there, with North Asia - comprising Japan and South Korea - the only other region with a meaningful share of revenue.

Many of the industry's largest players are headquartered in the United States and most earn the bulk of their revenue in the United States. The United States comprises 42.3% of total industry revenue, which is 93.5% of the North American region's revenue. The United States is worth 31.2% of global retail music sales, but it is in the publishing segment where the country truly dominates... read more


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What is the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry?

Operators in this industry, known as record labels, find musicians and artists, oversee the recording of their work, and promote and distribute this music to retail outlets. The industry also includes music publishing, which involves the leasing of music as intellectual property for use beyond live performance, such as in advertising or on the radio.

Industry Products
Full-length CDsMusic publishing and licensingDigital music downloadsDVDsVinyl albums
Industry Activities
Releasing, promoting and distributing musical recordingsProducing master recordingsDeveloping and promoting artistsLicensing rights to use recorded materialMusic publishing

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