The music industry is not one, but a number of different industries that are all closely related but which at the same time are based on different logics and structures. There are many different interpretations of the definition of the music industry.
Several attempts have been made to define and structure the different parts of the music industry. one such attempt has been presented by the UK government’s department for culture, media and sport, which over the years has presented a number of reports on the state of the UK music industry (DCMS 1998).
Source: Wikström (2013, p. 47)
According to Wikström (2013) cited in Negus (1992), approaches the definition issue from different perspective. he describes the music industry as ‘concerned with developing global personalities which can be communicated across multiple media: through recordings, video, films, television, magazines, books and via advertising, product endorsement and sponsorship over a range of consumer merchandise’.
The generally consider the music industry to be made up of three parts: recording, publishing and live performance (Hesmondhalgh 2015). Leyshon (2001) suggests the music economy consists of a series of sequential processes. The first network is one of creativity, the second is of reproduction, the third is distribution and the last is a network of consumption.
The music industry shapes the way in which pop music is produced and disseminated to consumers. In the music albums sold and broadcast before the broadcast, agents, video producers, graphic artists, text editor, record line, stage workers, truck drivers, T-shirt companies and music hardware production company, are in today’s popular music production and publicity process plays a vital role. One has been extended to many business and culture-oriented industries, it is difficult to divide the line (Starr, L. and Waterman, C. 2006, chapter 9).
Hesmondhalgh, D. (2015). The cultural industries. 1st ed. Los Angeles [etc.]: SAGE.
Starr, L. and Waterman, C. (2006). American popular music. 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Wikström, P. (2013). The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud, 2nd Edition. 1st ed. Cambridge: Polity Press.