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Music industry employment in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by sector

The music industry is made up of many different sectors, all working together to contribute to the UK’s economy and culture. There are thousands working in these sub-sectors of the music industry, but the majority work as music creators. Musicians, composers, and producers are a few examples of possible job roles in this category. In 2018, there were almost 140 thousand people working as music creators in the United Kingdom.

Employment in live music

Another important sector, the second biggest employer in the industry, is live music. Over 30 thousand were employed in the live music sector in the UK in 2018. People who work in this sector include festival organizers, agents, and promoters. Live music accounted for 1.1 billion British pounds in GVA (gross value added) in 2018.

Music retail revenues

Sales revenue of music at retail in the United Kingdom has been increasing in recent years. This is despite decreasing revenues from the sale of music in physical formats, and thanks to growing sales from digital formats.  

Employment in the music industry in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by thematic grouping

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

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Supplementary notes

Music Creators: musician, composer, songwriter, lyricist, singer, producer, engineer

Music Retail: retail of musical instruments, manufacture of musical instruments, digital music retail, physical music retail

Recorded Music: recorded rights holders, record labels, physical manufacturing & distribution, digital distribution, recording studios

Music Representatives: collective management organisations, music managers, music trade bodies, music accountants, music lawyers

Music Publishing: publishing rights holders, publishing companies

Live Music: music festival organisers, music promotors, music agents, production services for live music, ticketing agents

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