The music industry is a collection of business models and professions related to the creation, distribution and performance of music. The following are common examples of the music industry.
ArtistsIndividuals and bands that create music.
SongwritersThe writing of lyrics and composition of music.
ProducerManaging the production of a song or album. This may include artistic input such as proposed approaches or changes.
Recording StudioSpecialized facilities for music production and sound recording.
Sound EngineerTechnicians who handle the technical aspects of a recording or performance.
PerformersMusical performers such as singers, musicians, DJs, conductors, bandleaders and other performers such as dancers.
Record LabelCompanies that manage the production, manufacture, rights enforcement, distribution, marketing and performance of music and related products and media. Currently, a small number of large firms dominate this business model on a global basis.
Entertainment LawyersLawyers and law firms that specialize in contracts, copyright, trademarks, publication, distribution and personality rights.
Music LobbyistsA great number of organizations exist in every major nation to lobby for laws and regulations related to music copyright.
Rights EnforcementFirms that enforce copyright and/or collect royalties using technology and legal mechanisms. For example, a firm that scans videos shared in social media for music in the background to identify a copyright and take action against the poster.
EventsThe planning and delivery of music events such as concerts, festivals and nights at clubs.
TicketsThe distribution of tickets for music events. Historically, there is a lack of competition in this business in many regions that resembles a monopoly.
ToursThe planning and execution of tours by an artist or performance group. This includes roles such as tour manager, production manager, stage manager, lighting director, various technical specialists and roadies.
Music VenuesMusic venues such as concert halls, night clubs and stadiums.
PromotersThe marketing promotion of music artists and events.
MerchandiseMusic related merchandise such as a t-shirt sold at a concert.
RetailBusinesses that sell music and related products such as a record shop or ecommerce retailer of digital music.
EducationMusic related education such as a conservatory, music school or freelance piano teacher.
Instruments & TechnologyThe design, manufacture and marketing of musical instruments and technology.
PublishingMusic related publishing such as a blogger who follows the music industry or a publisher of sheet music.
MediaMedia organizations such as radio stations or streaming music services.
Performance ArtMusic for performance art such as a theatrical production.
EntertainmentMusic for the entertainment industry such as a score for a film or video game.
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