Measuring Music report published by UK Music

UK Music had published its annual Measuring Music report, highlighting the scale of the UK music industry’s contribution to the UK economy.

The flagship economic study shows that the industry grew by 2% in 2017 to contribute a record £4.5 billion to the economy – up by £100 million on 2016 – while exports rose by 7% to a record £2.6 billion.

Among the success stories were the record music sector, which saw a rise of 9% to £700 million, and music publishing which grew by 7% to £505 million.

Key points from Measuring Music

Measuring Music collates data from UK Music’s partners about the music industry’s contribution in goods and services, known as Gross Value Added (GVA), to the UK’s national income or Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Key points from Measuring Music include:

  • Whole sector’s contribution to economy – £4.5bn (+2%)
    • Musicians, composers, songwriters and lyricists – £2bn (+1%)
    • Recorded music – £700m (+9%)
    • Music publishing – £505m (+7%)
  • Exports (whole sector) – £2.6bn (+7%)
    • Recorded music – £468m (+11%)
    • Music publishing (exports) – £719m (+11%)
    • Music representatives (exports) – £348m (+9%)
  • Employment (whole sector) – 145,815 (+3%)
From the Measuring Music 2018 Report: Total Gross Value Added (GVA) and Export Revenue. Data for 2017
From the Measuring Music 2018 Report: Total Gross Value Added (GVA) and Export Revenue. Data for 2017

All figures are the music industry’s GVA to the economy in 2017 + the percentage rise on 2016 figures.

‘British music makes a massive contribution to the UK PLC’

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive, UK Music, said:

‘British music brings enjoyment to millions and makes a massive contribution to the UK PLC. I’m really proud of the fact that these figures show once again that when it comes to music, we in the UK are very, very good at what we do. We are a global leader in music and we continue to grow faster than other parts of the British economy and to punch well above our weight.

‘Music exports are a particular British success story and organisations like PRS for Music and PPL, that help ensure creators and investors see a return for their work, have also performed particularly strongly in 2017. These figures show what can be achieved when we choose to back the British music industry.

‘Every child should have the opportunity to access music’

‘Every child from every background should have the opportunity to access music, to experience its transformative power and to try out a career in the industry if they want to – regardless of whether or not they have access to the Bank of Mum and Dad.

‘That’s why we need further government support to help us ensure we produce the next generation of world-leading British talent by backing music in education, protecting grassroots music venues and making sure that creators are properly rewarded for their work.

‘If we do that, we can be even more successful in the future.’

‘A fantastic time for music-makers and for consumers’

Andy Heath, Chairman, UK Music, said:

‘We are fortunate that levels of creativity in the music industry are really promising at the moment. It is a fantastic time for music-makers and for consumers – both in the variety of music on offer and the different ways that people can choose to listen to music.

‘However, there are challenges. It is difficult in the digital age to break new talent because of the sheer quantity of music out there in a crowded marketplace. That difficulty is growing and means brilliant creators have to fight harder than ever to get their music heard.

‘In the years ahead, it will be a test to help audiences and consumers differentiate and find the musical gems that make our industry so unique.

‘The report demonstrates continued sustained growth’

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said:

‘The report demonstrates continued sustained growth with the music industry now contributing £4.5 billion to the economy. Exports have risen to £2.6 billion and the sector employs 145,815 people.

‘2017 was a very successful year globally for the UK music industry. Ed Sheeran’s third album, ÷ (Divide), was the biggest selling album of the year. The O2 in London was officially the most popular live music arena in the world. Five of the top ten most successful worldwide tours were from UK acts. 2018 is proving to be no different.

‘We need to build on these achievements and as the Minister responsible for the creative industries, I am firmly committed to doing just that.’

To read Measuring Music, please click here.

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