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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Independent Label Record Production

Overview: the U.S. Independent Label Record Production Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Independent Label Record Production: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Independent Label Record Production industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - In Broadcast Performances (I.E., Broadcast Performance Rights)

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - In Public Performances, Excluding Broadcast (I.E., Performance Rights, Excludi

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - To Reproduce And Distribute Recordings (I.E., Mechanical Rights)

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - In Television Programs (I.E., Television Synchronization Rights)

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - In Motion Picture Films (I.E., Movie Synchronization Rights)

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - To Record And Reproduce For Commercial Use, Excluding Distribution As Phonorec

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Compositions - In Other Works

Licensing Of International Rights To Publish Domestic Musical Compositions (I.E., International Sub-Publishing)

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Recordings

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Recordings - Domestic Rights To Distribute Recordings

Licensing Of Rights To Use Musical Recordings - In Other Works

Musical Phonorecords

Musical Compact Discs

Electronic Musical Phonorecords

Audiovisual Works Sold Directly To The Consumer

Audiovisual Works Sold Directly To The Consumer - Download Of Electronic Media

All Other Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Independent Label Record Production company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Independent Label Record Production industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Independent Label Record Production measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 11%

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Top Executives 6%
Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers 6%
General and Operations Managers6%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10%
Business Operations Specialists 7%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40%
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers 7%
Media and Communication Workers 5%
Media and Communication Equipment Workers 25%
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators 23%
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 7%
Sound Engineering Technicians 16%
Sales and Related Occupations 7%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23%
Information and Record Clerks 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 5%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 5%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Independent Label Record Production Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Innovation News

  • GSP LC trademarks "CONSTELLATIONS" - Musical sound recordings - 03/03/2015

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Southwind Music
    GSP LC

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Steve Hussey hopes to strike a chord with independent record label - Hussey has moved those guitars, the recording equipment, the microphones into a new home; a recording studio for Merf Records ... the big labels.” Hussey points to Jason Isbell’s album, “Country Americana,” as an example. “He’s an independent ... (01/03/2018)
    • Press Mute: How one label made record covers into an art - Over 40 years, Mute Records ... label, having shot several of its acts for NME. He first prospered in collaboration with the theatrical Tovey, though more famous was his work with the Essex-formed synth group, going on to cut his teeth in video production. (11/23/2017)
    • These Independent Rap Labels Are Keeping Hip-Hop’s Creative Freedom Alive - This is where a record label ... many major labels exercise undue leverage over rappers who just want nothing more than to rap. The label often gets a say in what singles are released, the recording schedule, final production notes, and even the overall ... (10/04/2017)
    • Boulder's Local Label Day expected to be an alternative to Record Store Day - Among those participating are Gaddy; music production studio, theater and art gallery madelife; and local record label First Base Tapes along with numerous other independent record labels and bands from Boulder, Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs. (04/19/2017)
    • Jack White's record label sets open date for Detroit vinyl production facility - Jack White's record label, Third Man Records, will open its vinyl production facility Feb. 25 in Detroit's ... "bedroom" labels, and independent artists without the ability to press small runs of records in reasonable amounts of time," Third Man Records ... (01/20/2017)
    • The Rise of Illionaire Records, the Independent Label Taking Korean Hip-Hop to the Next Level - This was a hip-hop show, featuring the trio of artists—Dok2 (pronounced doh-KEE), the Quiett, and Beenzino—who make up the Korean label Illionaire Records. Inside the ... at the forefront of a new movement in independent Korean hip-hop that is proving ... (06/30/2015)
    • Nas to Release New Music Through His Independent Label - Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album “Illmatic,” is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent record label ... with modern production titans like ... (05/16/2014)
    • Independent Study: Decon Records - Ten years later, that label, Decon Records, is still a company with one foot in music and the other in video. Decon has a sister creative agency and video production house that ... Previously on Independent Study: Kitsuné Records (08/06/2013)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $35,652,296 on Independent Label Record Production. It has awarded 42 contracts to 20 companies, with an average value of $1,782,615 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Record production (except independent record producers) without duplication or distribution, Record producers (except independent), Master recording leasing and licensing, etc.

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