More Charts The Record Labels Don't Want You To See: Swedish Musicians Making More Money

from the artists-are-doing-better-than-ever dept

We've already discussed the research on the UK music industry that shows both that live revenue is more than making up the decline in recorded revenue and that musicians themselves are making more revenue than ever before. Some people have suggested that this is a UK-only phenomenon, but a worldwide study found the same thing as well. And, now it looks like the same is being found in Sweden as well -- home of The Pirate Bay, which we keep being told is destroying the industry. Swedish indie record label owner Martin sends in the news on data from the Swedish music industry, which looks quite similar to the UK data. First, it shows that while there was a tiny dip in overall revenue, it's back up to being close to it's high, mostly because of a big growth in live music:

Chart by Daniel Johansson

Basically, recorded revenues dropped. Collections stayed about the same, but live grew. More importantly, though, is the second chart, which shows the revenue for actual musicians. And that's going in one direction: up.

Chart by Daniel Johansson

And yet, The Pirate Bay is destroying the ability to make music, right? Funny that the numbers don't seem to support that at all. Basically, these charts are showing the same thing that those other studies have shown. More music is being created. There is greater "discovery" of new music. There are greater revenue opportunities for musicians, and the only part of the business that appears to be suffering is the part that involves selling plastic discs. Yes, that sucks if your business was based on selling plastic discs, but for those who can adapt and adjust, there is more money than ever before to be made. That sorta goes against the claims that "piracy" is somehow destroying the industry, doesn't it?

Filed Under: live, music, revenue, sweden


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  1. identicon
    Lobo Santo's Ugly Ferret, 14 Dec 2009 @ 11:22am

    Re: Re:

    There is no indication that the second graph indicates net income, just gross.

    Basically, if artists are making more money up front (gross) but are then paying management, promotion, marketing, and other costs off the back side, what are they actually seeing net?

    Basically, is it a money in, money out sort of a thing? If what they were getting before was a NET after everything, of course the gross would be bigger, no?

    Also, there is no indication as to the number of acts this money is distributed over. There is no indication as to the "high and low" of the numbers. What percentage of the income is made by a small number of artists?

    Also, there is no indication if there has been a change in the live scene landscape. Have their been more pricey festival type shows? Has there been a regulator change that has allowed more live music in clubs, example? Has their been a shift in the country from recorded (dj) music to live music?

    Simple graphs don't answer the questions.

    However, one thing is clear - net, the consumers are not spending any more money on music today than they were 10 years ago, not in the UK,and not in Sweden either.

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