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.

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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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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

Starting a New Business

Barriers preventing new entrants into the industry have been falling rapidly since low-cost digital recording, online music retailing and streaming of songs became commonplace and widely accepted. What is unusual about this industry is that so many are making the effort to enter an industry that is clearly in decline.

Irrespective of the rationale behind entering a failing industry, small firms are propping up industry establishment growth. Excluding India – whose music industry is closely tied to the booming film industry – establishment numbers worldwide fell 2.4% per year between 2008 and 2013, as opposed to average annual falls in revenue of around 4.5%. This drop is due to a surge in small companies that lack the multiple offices of EMI or Warner, for example... 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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