Facing the music: Labels will focus on growing revenue from nontraditional streams

Shifts from physical to digital media have had a marked effect on the operations in the Independent Label Music Production industry. The Big Three record labels are slowly adapting, while independent labels are diversifying revenue streams to adjust to the evolving landscape. Sales of physical media and digital downloads have declined steadily over the past five years in response to emerging subscription-based streaming services. However, as these transitions take place, industry operators are adjusting accordingly, placing an emphasis on merchandising and touring. As music recording, mastering and distributing processes become more affordable, new competitors are expected to enter the industry...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Major restructuring is underway as industry operators adapt to new revenue streams
  • Many independent labels have been acquired by the Big Three or are reliant on their distribution networks
  • New technologies have made music easier to access than ever before
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The entire entertainment industry is in the midst of a digital transformation. In the music industry, digital albums and singles have dominated physical album sales for nearly 20 years, but even digital downloads have experienced recent declines in popularity due to the emergence of on-demand streaming services. Under the traditional music business model, a record label could release a single track to radio stations and an accompanying music video to various media outlets to generate buzz and encourage sales of an artist’s album, which would ultimately generate revenue for the label. Dig...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Independent Label Music Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Independent Label Music Production Industry are

  • Protection of intellectual property/copyrighting of output
  • Having a high profile in the market
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Album sales and Demand from major label music production in the Independent Label Music Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Independent Label Music Production Industry?

    Independent record labels find musical talent, finance the production of music and distribute recordings to retail and digital outlets. These labels have smaller budgets and operations than those of major labels, and independent labels frequently outsource manufacturing and distribution of physical records. Major labels are included in the Major Label Music Production industry (IBISWorld report 51222).

    Industry Products
  • Physical Sales (including CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes)
  • Digital Album Sales
  • Digital Track Sales
  • On-Demand Audio Streaming
  • Industry Activities
  • Financing of musical projects
  • master recordings
  • Ownership and sale of copyrighted music for licensing purposes
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Album sales
  • Demand from major label music production
  • Demand from record stores
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Median age of population

  • Current Performance
  • Music online
  • Passionate amateurs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Adapting to new consumer behaviors
  • Moderate growth
  • Table: Independent Label Music Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Independent Label Music Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Major Label Music Production
  • Music Publishing
  • Celebrity & Sports Agents

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Audio Production Studios
  • Recordable Media Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • On-Demand Audio Streaming
  • Physical Sales (including CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes)
  • Digital Album Sales
  • Digital Track Sales
  • Chart: Independent Label Music Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 36 to 50
  • Consumers aged 51 and older
  • Consumers aged 26 to 35
  • Consumers aged 18 to 25
  • Consumers aged 13 to 17
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Independent Label Music Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Independent Label Music Production

  • Basis of Competition
  • Quality products and access to markets
  • Branding and marketing

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Independent Label Music Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Concord Music Group, Columbia Records, RCA Records,
  • Table: Concord Music Group - financial performance
  • Table: Columbia Records - financial performance
  • Table: RCA Records - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Independent Label Music Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Independent Label Music Production 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
    360 Deal
  • A contract between a label and an artist that allows revenue sharing from all artist activities rather than just music sales.
  • Digital Download
  • A one-time purchase and transfer of data from the internet to a computer or mobile device that can decode and play the data. The downloaded file is owned by the consumer upon purchase.
  • Indie
  • An abbreviation for an independent music label.
  • Label
  • Any music company that produces, publishes or distributes music.
  • Online Streaming
  • Unlike a digital download, consumers pay a recurring fee to access and listen to music from a digital provider. Files are not purchased individually and ownership is not transferred to the consumer.
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