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Sheet Music Publishers: Market Research Report

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Sheet Music Publishers Market Research Report | NAICS OD4845 | Nov 2016

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

IBISWorld’s Sheet Music Publishers market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Limited government funding for creative arts has contributed to industry revenue declines
  • Online stores have grown increasingly popular and are now primary clients for most publishers
  • Easier access to legitimate sheet music online will facilitate industry sales
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Capital intensity is low for the Sheet Music Publishers industry. From a balance-sheet perspective, a great deal of industry assets is tied up in intangibles: intellectual property rights, trademarks, copyrights and patents. Printed sheet music composition can be performed with the use of music composition computer programs, which are quite inexpensive and easy to replicate across businesses, reducing the industry's capital intensity. The industry relies heavily on employees for tasks that cannot be done by machinery or technology, including content acquisitions, contract negotiations and management, product design and marketing. For every dollar spent on labor, industry operators invest about $0.08 in capital on average.

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

    Industry Products
    Music collectionsIndividual pieces
    Industry Activities
    Converting sound clips to sheet musicEditing sheet music and similar productsDesigning sheet music, books, folios and other productsMarketing sheet music and other products

    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
  • 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
  • Demographics and distribution
  • Declines from digital
  • Dwindling demand
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Digital transition eases profit pressure
  • Contracting market
  • Budgets improve
  • Table: Sheet Music Publishers Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sheet Music Publishers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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 collections
  • Individual pieces
  • Chart: Sheet Music Publishers Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Musical instrument and supply stores
  • Nonstore retail and direct sales
  • Other
  • General Merchandise stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sheet Music Publishers
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Hal Leonard Corporation
    Alfred Music Publishing
  • Table: Hal Leonard Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Alfred Music Publishing - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Sheet Music Publishers Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Federal Funding for Creative Arts (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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