Out of tune: Competition from free digital sheet music will contribute to the industry's decline

Over the past five years, competition from free digital substitutes and self-publishing platforms has considerably reduced demand for the Sheet Music Publishers industry. Moreover, while online retailers now account for a considerable share of sheet music sales, such platforms have enabled consumers to shop around for the least expensive sheet music, hampering industry revenue. Limited government funding for creative arts has further contributed to revenue declines, with limited appropriations toward music programs driving down educator spending on sheet music. Consequently, over the five years to 2016, industry revenue is expected to fall. As disposable incomes and economic conditions rebound in the next five years, demand for price-premium sheet music is projected to climb...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Limited government funding for creative arts has contributed to industry revenue declines
  • Lower demand caused industry employment to decline
  • Easier access to legitimate sheet music online will facilitate industry sales
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The major barriers to entry into the Sheet Music Publishers industry include the costs of licensing content; purchasing paper, printing and printers; developing distribution channels; and marketing. While most of these activities can be outsourced, revenue is never guaranteed, and the costs typically recur for each product published.Established sheet music businesses streamline operations on a regular basis, though, cutting their production costs. This factor enables established publishers to offer products at lower prices. There are higher barriers in the educational sheet music and music book-publishing market due to the importance of brand names and relatively high investment in the marketing and distribution to this lucrative market sector...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry are

  • Management of a high-quality assets portfolio
  • Protection of intellectual property/copyrighting of output
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from musical instrument and supplies stores and Federal funding for creative arts in the Sheet Music Publishers industry impact industry performance..

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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. Revenue generated from sheet music published exclusively in digital format is excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Music books
  • Individual pieces
  • Industry Activities
  • Converting sound clips to sheet music
  • Editing sheet music and similar products
  • Designing sheet music, books, folios and other products
  • Marketing sheet music and other products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from musical instrument and supplies stores
  • Federal funding for creative arts
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Time spent on leisure and sports

  • Current Performance
  • Performance and profit
  • Products and distribution
  • Declines from digital
  • Dwindling demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Digital transition eases profit pressure
  • Contracting market
  • Table: Sheet Music Publishers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sheet Music Publishers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Educational Services
  • Religious Organizations
  • Wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Audio Production Studios
  • Ink Manufacturing
  • Paper Wholesaling
  • Performers & Creative Artists
  • Printing

  • Products & Services
  • Music books
  • Individual pieces
  • Other
  • Chart: Sheet Music Publishers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Educational institutions
  • Performing arts companies
  • Other
  • Religious organizations
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sheet Music Publishers

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Hal Leonard Corporation, Alfred Music Publishing,
  • Table: Hal Leonard Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Alfred Music Publishing - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sheet Music Publishers 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 Sheet Music Publishers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Federal Funding for Creative Arts (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Digital Rights Management (Drm)
  • Limitations on the use of digital content and relative devices.
  • Folio
  • A collection of a variety of sheet music.
  • In-House
  • Performing an activity within a company as opposed to outsourcing it.
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