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 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 globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
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Sony $x.xlock
Vivendi $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The music industry landscape has transitioned from physical to digital, but industry firms have not fully adapted
  • As copyright becomes less relevant and free music more common, music is being devalued
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Revenue in the Global Music Production and Distribution industry fell over the five years to 2017 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 2022, industry revenue is expected to continue contracting. Music companies' performance over this period hinges on their ability to embrace new technology...

    Industry Investment

    The Global Music Production and Distribution industry possesses a low level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, the average company will invest $0.09 in capital equipment. In almost all circumstances, record companies do not manufacture blank physical media such as compacts discs and vinyl records in-house. Most companies partner with recordable media manufacturers and distributors to create copies of recordings and distribute them to physical retail stores. With digital music distribution now the primary medium through which consumers purchase and listen to music, the need to own and operate record manufacturing equipment and capital has dwindled even further. Rec..

    Additional Insights for the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry are

  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Having a high profile in the market
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Global internet usage and Global number of mobile telephone subscriptions in the Global Music Production and Distribution industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry?

    Operators in this industry sign musicians and artists to recording contracts, allocate budgets for artists' recordings, produce and master artists' work, distribute artists' music to retail and promote the artists' work through various advertising campaigns. This industry also includes music publishing activities, which involves the leasing of music as intellectual property for use beyond live performance such as in promotional material and other forms of media.

    Industry Products
    Physical sales (including CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes)
    Performance rights
    Digital music downloads
    Industry Activities
    Negotiating recording, publishing, licensing and distribution contracts
    Producing and mastering artist recordings
    Distributing recordings to outlets
    Managing and promoting artist rosters

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Global internet usage
  • Global number of mobile telephone subscriptions
  • Global number of people aged 15 to 34
  • Global advertising expenditure
  • Global per capita income

  • Current Performance
  • Industry profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • A new landscape
  • Stability at last
  • Table: Global Music Production and Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Music Production and Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Department Stores and General Merchandise Stores
  • Global Advertising Agencies
  • Global Movie Production & Distribution
  • Global Television Broadcasting

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Internet Service Providers
  • Global Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Digital music downloads
  • Physical sales (including CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes)
  • Performance rights
  • Synchronization
  • Chart: Global Music Production and Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 18 to 34
  • Consumers aged 35 to 54
  • Consumers aged 17 and younger
  • Consumers aged 55 and older
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Purchases
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Marketing
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Music Production and Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
  • Resurgence of the indie label
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Sony CorporationVivendiAccess Industries, Inc.
  • Table: Sony Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Vivendi - financial performance
  • Table: Access Industries, Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Music Production and Distribution Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Global per capita income (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Big Three
  • The three largest music producers Universal, Sony and Warner.
  • Label
  • Another name for a producer or distributor of music.
  • P2p
  • Peer-to-peer file-sharing, where music and other files can be traded at no charge between users through the internet.
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