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

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

Out of tune: Revenue contracts as record sales decline and artists begin producing their own work

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 headwinds that have battered the music retailing industry weigh on demand and profit margins.

Over the five years through 2014-15, revenue is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 0.1%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The level of market concentration in the UK Sound Recording and Music Publishing industry is classified as high. The industry is characterised by several big players that operate throughout the greater entertainment industry and a large number of small businesses. In 2013, the Office for National Statistics estimated that 92.7% of all companies in the industry employed fewer than five people. There are very few mid-size firms and a small number of market leaders. The top four companies in the industry are expected to account for 72% of industry revenue in 2014-15. The level of concentration has increased very recently as EMI, formerly one of the largest companies, was split between Universal, Warner and Sony... 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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