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Full report on all sectors of the Australian music industry.


  • The Australian recorded-music industry has shown signs that it may be heading towards the end of what has been a long period of falling sales.
  • Consumer interest in music streaming and subscriptions is strong and almost single-handedly boosted overall recorded-music trade earnings to growth in 2015.
  • In contrast to the recorded-music sector, royalty collections in Australia have been on the up for several years, with authors’ society APRA AMCOS experiencing consecutive annual collection increases on the back of strong gains in digital income.

Features and Benefits

  • The report details all aspects of the music industry in Australia.
  • Under the spotlight are recorded-music and live sales, music retail, royalty collections, and broadcasting.

Key questions answered

  • What share of recorded-music sales are generated by music subscriptions in Australia?
  • What caused the decline in live music ticket sales in 2015?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Growth for recorded-music trade sales
  • Positive year for local repertoire
  • Music companies

Music retail

  • No digital options from bricks-and-mortar retail leaders
  • Streaming closing in on download dominance
  • Digital infrastructure and access developments

Copyright protection and royalty collections

  • Tighter control on copyright infringement
  • Another record year for authors’ rights
  • Another record year for performer and producer collections


  • Radio listening high despite online music competition
  • Pay-TV monopoly facing an OTT challenge


  • Music decline in a mixed year for live performance


  • Methodology
  • Author

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