Record companies are the largest investors in artists and are transforming how they work for the digital age.

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$4.5b is invested in A&R and marketing by record labels annually (based on 2015 data)
300+ diverse digital music services have been licensed by record labels worldwide

Industry overview

  • Connecting people

    Artists dominate digital and social platforms – in April 2016 the top three most followed people on Twitter and the top 10 most popular videos on YouTube were by musicians

  • Music on the move

    Listening on the move is a core activity for users of smartphones and tablets, with smartphones now more popular than dedicated MP3 players for listening to music

  • Fuelling live music

    Investment in artists by record companies is the springboard to a successful live music career and the live music industry continues to benefit from this

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  • Music for Broadcast & Public Performance

    Campaigning for better rights for artists’ music

  • Nurturing & Promoting Talent

    The role of A&R remains a fundamental part of a label

  • Music Piracy

    The digital marketplace remains affected by the prevalence of piracy

  • How Record Labels Invest

    From sound recording to video production investment is the key


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