Sheet Music Publishers in the US: Market Research Report

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Sheet Music Publishers Market Research Report | Consumer Goods & Services | Book Publishing & Broadcasting | Apr 2013

Flat note: Renewed incomes will not be enough to offset competition from free music

IBISWorld’s Sheet Music Publishers 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Alfred Music Publishing Alfred Music Publishing market share
Hal Leonard Hal Leonard market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Diminished disposable incomes during the recession, combined with competition from free digital substitutes for sheet music, have reduced spending on the industry. Online sales also enabled consumers to shop around for the cheapest sheet music, further hampering revenue during this time. As disposable income rebounds in the coming years, publishers are expected to achieve greater success in drawing consumers back into the fold. Nonetheless, this growth will only balance out the limited funding expected for music programs as governments crunch down on the deficit in the next several years.... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Cheaper and free digital sheet music substitutes dampened demand for the Sheet Music Publishers industry over the past five years. Making matters worse, individuals and organizations, such as schools and religious organizations, tightened their belts and spent less on discretionary items like sheet music in response to limited disposable income in the wake of the Great Recession. Pinching pennies, many consumers and organizations also shopped around for the best deals they could find. This activity resulted in the closure of many specialty sheet music stores because they could not compete with online retailers like Amazon or As downstream brick-and-mortar retailers closed, industry products became even less convenient to buy... purchase to read more


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What is the Sheet Music Publishers Industry?

This industry primarily publishes sheet music, songbooks and digital sheet music. Educators, students, musicians and hobbyists use the industry’s products. Companies publishing digital sheet music exclusively are excluded from the industry.

Industry Products
Classical sheet musicChristian sheet musicChildren's sheet musicHoliday sheet music Other music
Industry Activities
Discovery of lyricists, music and other contentEditing sheet music and similar productsDesigning sheet music, books, folios and other productsMarketing sheet music and other products

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