High note: Revenue is projected to increase as artists argue for increased royalty rates

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Musical Groups & Artists provides up-to-date sales and market data, allowing you to identify the product and customer segments driving revenue growth. The report identifies the leading companies in the industry, and offers strategic analysis of the key factors influencing the market. Our data forecasts are accompanied by full analysis to illustrate how the market is responding to dominant and emerging trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Online platforms and tools will continue to reduce the industry’s operating costs
  • Slow revenue growth has not deterred new musicians from joining the industry
  • Digital music sales show no signs of slowing down
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Over the past decade, the Musical Groups and Artists industry has been subject to a series of massive shakeups due to the popularity of mp3 players, music piracy, internet radio and online streaming. The steady replacement of physical albums for digital songs has slashed revenue from recordings over the current five-year period, largely due to digital music selling at a lower price point. The transition to digital and a large drop in federal funding for the creative arts have caused industry revenue to grow minimally over the five years to 2017. The industry has adapted to the digital environment by placing increased focus on live performances, which require self-promotion and business models focused on performance income rather than royalty and recording income.

    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Musical Groups and Artists industry is highly fragmented and features a high number of nonemployers, or individual musicians. There are no major players in this industry; even the highest-paid musicians and groups account for a minor share of the industry's revenue. The largest industry players such as the New York Philharmonic or Taylor Swift, still only capture about 1.0% of industry revenue.

    The rise of the internet as a means of distribution, along with the increasing power of production and mixing software like ProTools and Apple's GarageBand, has enabled individual musicians to record songs and albums with relatively high fidelity and quality. This trend has led to even lower market share concentration in the industry, as the number of musicians has grown substantially. Fur

    Additional Insights for the Musical Groups & Artists Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Musical Groups & Artists Industry are

  • Protection of intellectual property/copyrighting of output
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Product is sold at high profile outlets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Album sales in the Musical Groups & Artists industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Musical Groups & Artists Industry?

    This industry is composed of musicians, recording artists and songwriters that produce music professionally, either in front of a live audience, in a recording studio or both. Musicians in this industry may earn revenue from songwriting, producing or recording, but they primarily operate as performers. This industry excludes musical theater, opera and other professions involved in the creation of records, such as engineers.

    Industry Products
    Live performance
    Session performance
    Salaried and contract income
    Recording (label advances and album sales)
    Industry Activities
    Rock, dance, country and pop bands writing, recording or performing
    Independent musicians or vocalists writing, recording or performing
    Jazz artists and groups writing, recording or performing
    Choirs writing, recording or performing
    Musical groups (except theatrical musical groups) writing, recording or performing
    Chamber musical groups and orchestras writing, recording or performing
    Symphony orchestras writing, recording or performing
    Classical musical groups writing, recording or performing

    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
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Album sales
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Demand from music publishing
  • Federal funding for creative arts

  • Current Performance
  • Volumes fall and rise
  • Upsetting old models
  • Ownership versus access
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Upbeat market
  • The internet’s pros and cons
  • Table: Musical Groups & Artists Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Musical Groups & Artists Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Music Publishing
  • Casino Hotels
  • Bars & Nightclubs
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Audio Production Studios
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Concert & Event Promotion
  • Major Label Music Production
  • Music Publishing
  • Musical Instrument & Supplies Stores

  • Products & Services
  • Live performance
  • Salaried and contract income
  • Session performance
  • Other
  • Recording (label advances and album sales)
  • Royalties
  • Merchandise
  • Chart: Musical Groups & Artists Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 35 to 44
  • People aged 45 to 54
  • People aged 25 to 34
  • People aged 55 to 64
  • People aged 24 and younger
  • People aged 65 and older
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Musical Groups & Artists Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Marketing
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Musical Groups & Artists

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Musical Groups & Artists Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Musical Groups & Artists 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 Musical Groups & Artists Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Album sales (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • An online tool such as Kickstarter that allows individuals to donate to companies or creative artists in small amounts.
  • Digital Download
  • Audio or visual media that is downloaded from the internet to a computing device, as opposed to being purchased in physical form at a traditional retail outlet.
  • Freelance
  • An artist who has no employer but sells his or her talents to a patron who requires the services.
  • Intellectual Property
  • A creation of the mind, such as literary, musical and artistic works, that is often copyrighted.
  • Music Festival
  • A large, often multiday, multistage concert where musicians, promoters and organizers can exploit economies of scale while attracting large crowds with the lineups and carnival-like atmosphere.
  • Performance Right Organization (Pro)
  • An organization that manages an artist's income in the form of royalties from songs played in third-party media, such as internet radio or in a commercial.
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