Calling the tune: Streaming and subscription-based services have fuelled industry growth

The 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. Over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.7% to reach £2.1 billion. Revenue is expected to grow by 0.5% during the current year.Industry operators have adapted well to dwindling physical record sales by developing new revenue streams, particularly within the TV, film, radio and video game more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Soaring streaming services have countered the continued decline in physical sales
  • Streaming services reduce the possibilities of piracy due to their ease of use and competitive pricing
  • The digital revolution has allowed smaller firms to challenge more established publishers
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Sound Recording and Music Publishing industry encompasses a range of businesses active in the UK music industry. The industry is facing challenges related to the different methods surrounding listening, discovering, consuming and sharing music in the digital age. In the face of declining physical sales, new technologies, notably streaming services, have boosted industry revenue.Most record companies and music publishers have begun to adapt to the developing marketplace. Music publishers are diversifying their revenue streams beyond royalties on traditional media by negotiating licensing arrangements with advertisers and online media content providers such as Apple, Spotify and YouTube. Str...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Management of a high quality assets portfolio
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and Album sales in the Sound Recording & Music Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry?

    Firms in this industry produce original sound master recordings 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 music
  • Recording studios
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • master copies for records or audio material
  • Sound recording and recording of books on tape or CD
  • Publishing pre-recorded sound and videodiscs or other media formats
  • Publishing music and sheet music
  • Producing commercial messages for radio
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • Album sales
  • Demand from motion picture production
  • Demand from radio broadcasting
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Digital expansion
  • Revenue ensemble
  • British artists and characteristics
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Streaming services
  • Sinking piracy
  • Minor firms
  • Table: Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motion Picture Production
  • Television Programme Production
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Universities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electronic Component Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Recorded music
  • Music publishing
  • Recording studios
  • Other services
  • Chart: Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Online music sites
  • Retailers
  • Other media industries
  • Other
  • Entertainment and hospitality industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitThe industry is expected to have an average profit margin of 8.7% over 2019-20. Although margins have historically been declining in the industry, the average profit margin has increased over past five years. The main driver of this has been the rise of streaming services and the decrease of music piracy and illegal online file sharing, which erode both sales volumes and margins. Sound recording studios typically have lower profit margins, whereas music publishing margins are much higher, averaging approximately 15% of revenue. Industry profitability is expected to rise over the next five years, but at a slower pace as streaming services reach saturation. WagesPurchasesDepreciationMarketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sound Recording & Music Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Vivendi SA, Warner Music Group, Sony Corporation,
  • Table: Vivendi SA - financial performance
  • Table: Warner Music Group - financial performance
  • Table: Sony Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sound Recording & Music Publishing 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 Sound Recording & Music Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Mechanical Royalties
  • Royalties from the sale of CDs, DVDs and digital downloads.
  • Public Performance Licence
  • A licence legally required in order to play recorded music or music videos in public.
  • Synchronisation Royalties
  • Royalties paid for the use of music in TV, films, advertisements and computer games.
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