Over the past decade, the Musical Groups and Artists industry has been subject to a series of massive shakeups due to the popularity of mp3 players, music piracy, internet radio and online streaming. The steady replacement of physical albums for digital songs has slashed revenue from recordings over the current five-year period, largely due to digital music selling at a lower price point. The transition to digital and a large drop in federal funding for the creative arts have caused industry revenue to grow minimally over the five years to 2017. The industry has adapted to the digital environment by placing increased focus on live performances, which require self-promotion and business models focused on performance income rather than royalty and recording income. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is forecast to continue growing, while artists and labels will continue to pressure legislators to support higher royalty rates from internet, satellite and cable radio stations.
This industry is composed of musicians, recording artists and songwriters that produce music professionally, either in front of a live audience, in a recording studio or both. Musicians in this industry may earn revenue from songwriting, producing or recording, but they primarily operate as performers. This industry excludes musical theater, opera and other professions involved in the creation of records, such as engineers.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.