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Music: Music Industry research

Getting started finding music information

Music Week

Music Week is available online as well as in the library.  The username and password can be found here.

The Music Week Directory is only available in the library and provides contacts relevant to music professionals.  You will find it in the general reference section on the first floor of the library (338.477802541 MUS)


A wide-range of statistical information relating to various aspects of the music industry across the globe are available via Statista.

Printed sources

For an overview of the UK music industry in the UK (fact, figures, analysis) you could try the BPI yearbooks.  These are in the statistics section of the library on the first floor (338.4762138932).  A summary is available on the BPI website.  Library holdings go back at least 25 years.

For a global equivalent to the BPI yearbook try the Global music reports (338.4762017 GLO).  This provides an overview of the industry, and detailed national data for over fifty markets.  The 'State of the Industry' section is available for free from the IFPI website. Previous versions of 'State of the Industry' are also available: 20212020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 

Market and company research

Mintel provides market reports on music sales and live music.  FAME provides key financial data about major UK companies. 

Business Source Complete has company profiles for Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, plus key financial data for most major music companies.  You can also search it for articles from trade titles such as Music Week and academic sources on different aspects of the music industry.

Law sources

Law | Cases (from the Law library guide) provides comprehensive guidance on finding law cases.  Key databases include Lawtel, Lexis Library and Westlaw.  As well as the excellent help listed here, I would add: Introduction to Lexis Library for studentsGetting to know Westlaw and the Lawtel help pages