High note: Increased government oversight to prevent piracy will aid the industry

The Music Publishing industry is in the midst of a gradual transition toward royalty collection from subscription-based music services. Falling sales of both physical albums and digital downloads have forced publishers to seek out new revenue sources and become less dependent on their traditional licensing platforms. To meet the changing needs of the consumer, publishers are continuously cultivating licensing agreements with newer revenue streams, such as mobile applications, online radio platforms and subscription-based music services. This transition has buoyed the industry in recent years, and the industry has experienced steady growth as a result. The future remains bright for an industry that has struggled with frequent changes to its revenue streams over the past decade...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The shift toward digital platforms has helped music publishers unearth some new revenue streams
  • Mobile phones have been a significant source of digital revenue for music publishers
  • Free digital services will challenge potential growth markets, threatening the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Music Publishing industry in Canada is in the mature stage of its life cycle, characterized by slow growth rates, market acceptance, static product and service offerings and consolidation activity. The function of a music publisher is to exploit music copyrights and generate royalty revenue through contractual relationships with songwriters, composers and recording artists. Promoting songs, supervising the collection and payment of royalties and placing songs in movie and TV soundtracks as well as commercials facilitates the development of multiple and recurrent revenue streams. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Music Publishing Industry

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

  • Having a good reputation
  • Protection of intellectual property/copyrighting of output
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of fixed broadband connections in the Music Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Music Publishing Industry?

    This industry is responsible for acquiring and registering copyrights for the musical compositions of musicians, songwriters and composers. Establishments licence the intellectual property of their clients, authorize the use of these compositions through various media outlets and ensure that royalties are paid to the creators of these works. Establishments act on behalf of the copyright owners and generate revenue through various licensing agreements.

    Industry Products
  • Mechanical royalties
  • Performance royalties
  • Synchronization royalties
  • Other music publishing rights
  • Licensing of rights to stream sound recordings online
  • Print licensing rights
  • Industry Activities
  • Registration and administration of music copyrights
  • Collection of royalty payments
  • Sheet music publishing
  • Providing advances against future income
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • Number of mobile telephone subscriptions
  • Demand from concert and event promotion
  • Total advertising expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Publishing and the digital transition
  • Protecting revenue streams and profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Digital regulation era
  • Rising importance of intellectual property
  • Large versus small labels
  • Table: Music Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Musical Instrument & Supplies Stores in Canada
  • Radio Broadcasting in Canada
  • TV Broadcasting in Canada
  • Advertising Agencies in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation In Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Performance royalties
  • Synchronization royalties
  • Mechanical royalties
  • Other music publishing rights
  • Licensing of rights to stream sound recordings online
  • Print licensing rights
  • Chart: Music Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retail outlets
  • Streaming services and distribution
  • Digital markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Music Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Music Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
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  • Table: Vivendi S.A. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the 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 Music Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • U.S. Album Sales (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Term for a music company that seeks out artists, helps produce their music and then oversees the distribution and sale of the music and the rights to the music.
  • Mechanical Royalties
  • Per-minute rates set by the government that are paid to publishers and writers whenever a song or CD is sold. Also called mechanical revenue.
  • P2p
  • Industry abbreviation for "peer-to-peer," a type of file-sharing system that permits users to anonymously transfer and share music files over the internet.
  • Synchronization Royalties
  • When music is incorporated in a soundtrack of a TV show, commercial or film, the user of the music must obtain a synchronization, or sync, license and pay royalties.
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