Sound Recording & Music Publishing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sound Recording & Music Publishing Market Research Report | SIC J59.200 | Dec 2014

Out of sync: The industry remains off-key due to music piracy and falling record sales

IBISWorld’s Sound Recording & Music Publishing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
Sony Corporation Sony Corporation market share
Vivendi SA Vivendi SA market share
Warner Music Group Warner Music Group market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Sound Recording and Music Publishing industry produces, promotes and distributes original sound recordings and manages rights for compositions. In addition to being sold in physical and digital form, music produced or copyrighted by the industry is used in a variety of media, including films, TV programmes and video games. The industry encompasses a range of interlinked businesses in the UK music industry, all of which are in a state of flux as the interference that has disrupted the music retailing industry weighs on demand and profit margins.

Over the five years through 2014-15, revenue is expected to remain flat, with the industry estimated to be approximately the same size in terms of revenue in the current year as it was five years earlier... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Sound Recording and Music Publishing industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. The industry has undergone consolidation at the top of the industry, raising the level of concentration among fewer firms. New business models have been established, but despite increasing revenue, profit margins have been compressed. Industry value added is projected to decline at a compound annual rate of 3.4% over the 10 years through 2019-20, compared with expected real GDP growth at a compound annual rate of 2.2% over the same period. Lower profit margins and a reduction in the wages paid, in particular, have reduced the industry's contribution to the overall economy.

Declining record sales is the central issue affecting record labels, music publishers and sound recording studios... purchase to read more


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What is the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry?

Firms in this industry produce original sound master recordings such as CDs and promote and distribute them to wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Music publishers acquire and register copyrights for compositions; promote, authorise and use compositions in recordings, TV and various other media; and publish music and sheet music. Publishers either own the copyright or act as an administrator of the music copyrights on behalf of the copyright owners. Amateur recording is excluded.

Industry Products
Music publishing Recorded musicRecording studiosOther services
Industry Activities
master copies for records or audio materialSound recording and recording of books on tape or CDPublishing pre-recorded sound and videodiscs or other media formatsPublishing music and sheet musicProducing commercial messages for radio

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