Music Revenue to Drop 25% in 2020, but Long-Term Outlook Is Good – Variety


Funding big Goldman-Sachs has been one of many nice cheerleaders for the revival of the music business, and its projections performed no small position in a few of the business’s latest successes — not least Common Music Group being valued at $33.6 billion as a part of its sale of 10% to Tencent.

Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic has knocked the wind out of many previously rosy projections for the music business, largely due to the digital shutdown of the live-entertainment enterprise. And though Goldman’s newest “Music in the Air” report tasks a 25% drop in international music income in 2020 — and a 75% income plunge for the dwell business this yr, to $7 billion — it additionally expects a “sturdy rebound” in the dwell sector in 2021 and a mean 6% development in the music enterprise over the subsequent decade, practically doubling in worth to $142 billion by 2030.

The pandemic led the corporate to decrease its projections considerably, with music pulling in $57.5 billion in 2020 — an almost 30% drop from its authentic forecast, and depressingly decrease than 2019’s $75 billion. It additionally scaled down its publishing forecast by 5% (to $6 billion) and recorded music by 8% (to practically $21 billion).

Nevertheless, there’s numerous optimism — or a minimum of much less long-term pessimism than is likely to be anticipated — in the 80-page report.

Though it tasks streaming to keep its 18% annual development, recorded-music is predicted to develop simply 3% due to the accelerated, pandemic-driven drop in bodily and licensing income. It expects report labels to be the first beneficiaries of streaming’s continued development, based mostly on their vital royalties (52-58%) from streaming platforms. The report tasks that Spotify will retain its main place, but by 2030 Apple Music can have dropped to fourth place behind Tencent Music and Amazon.

“Total we forecast the streaming market to develop at a 12%” compounded annual development fee from 2019 to 2030 to attain $75 billion by 2030, the report reads.

Music publishing, with its diversified income streams, is projected to develop 3.5% in 2020 and subsequent yr, and proceed rising over the last decade.

The report identifies a number of key beneficiaries of this development — important Common Music proprietor Vivendi, Tencent Music, YouTube/Google dad or mum Alphabet — and factors to one main firm receiving a unfavourable affect: Sirius, which not solely is a serious radio community proprietor but its dad or mum firm, Liberty Media, additionally owns 34% of Dwell Nation, the world’s largest live-entertainment firm, which has misplaced vital worth for the reason that pandemic lockdown started.

It additionally tasks, with considerably guarded optimism, the return of development to the live-music business. “Whereas we imagine followers might be keen to get again to dwell occasions, live shows and festivals as soon as the state of affairs normalizes,” it reads, skimming over a really massive if, “the timing and pace of the restoration will largely rely on the laws round social distancing and enormous public gatherings all over the world.”

Mid to long run, it tasks “a return to 4-5% annual development charges to attain $39 billion by 2030 (comparied with $28 billion in 2019) as dwell occasions profit from plenty of demand and provide aspect tailwinds such because the ‘millennial expertise financial system’ driving larger demand for dwell occasions, new monetization alternatives by means of dwell streaming, ticket gross sales, merchandise and sponsorship, and artists’ larger dependence on touring earnings.”

The diploma to which that comes to move is a really open query when one considers what number of corporations might not survive this downturn, and the way a lot the business, which simply returned to development in 2015 after greater than a decade of doldrums that noticed the music business emerge at half of the scale it was in 2000.

Nevertheless, the report concludes, “Total we imagine the business’s long-term development outlook is undamaged, pushed by the secular development of paid streaming, rising demand for music content material and dwell occasions, new licensing alternatives (e.g. TikTok) and optimistic regulatory developments.”


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