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

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Sound Recording & Music Publishing Market Research Report | SIC J59.200 | Apr 2016

Music to one's ears: Demand for streaming services helps the industry stay in tune

IBISWorld’s Sound Recording & Music Publishing 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
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 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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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 transition phase from CDs, LPs and other physical records to streaming services and digital downloads.

Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 8.5% to reach £2.2 billion. Revenue is expected to expand by 7.4% during 2016-17... 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 moderate. The industry is characterised by several large players that operate throughout the greater entertainment industry and a high number of small businesses. In 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated that 92% 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 57.3% of industry revenue in 2016-17. The level of concentration has decreased somewhat recently as digital revenue from downloads and streaming services has given small players more revenue-generating capacity... 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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