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Introduction

A full report of the Australian music industry as of November 2015

Highlights

  • Australia ended 2014 as the sixth largest recorded-music market in the world. According to the IFPI, the country was seventh in terms of trade revenue from sales of physical formats and sixth for digital earnings, performance rights, and synchronization revenue.
  • Despite the doubling in trade revenue from music subscription services last year, the Australian recorded music sector suffered a second consecutive year of contraction because of a big drop in CD album sales and sales of single tracks.

Features and Benefits

  • The report details all aspects of Australia's music industry with the latest facts and figures included.
  • Subject areas analyzed include recorded music sales, repertoire sales, music retail, intellectual property rights, royalty collections, and live music.

Key questions answered

  • How did the Australian recorded music sector perform in 2014 and what are its prospects for this year?
  • What was behind the live music sector's second year of higher ticket sales and attendance and live events?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Australian recorded music sales in 2014
  • Good year for local repertoire
  • Music companies

Music retail

  • Contrasting approach to digital by JB Hi-Fi and Sanity
  • Streaming gains, but downloads still dominate
  • Digital infrastructure and access developments

Intellectual property rights

  • Australian website blocking bill passed
  • Moves to introduce a graduated response program
  • Record year for authors’ rights
  • Highest ever collections for performers and producers

Broadcasting

  • Radio growth despite rising online music competition
  • Pay-TV monopoly facing an OTT challenge

Live

  • Live music growth in a mixed year
  • Difficulties for the festival sector

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author

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