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Music: Music Industry and Licensing Resources

A guide to resources and research in Music.

Music Industry

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Market Share Reporter
Reference HF5410 .M3x

Presents comparative business statistics in a clear, straightforward manner.

Online Resources

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American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publisher

An association of composers, lyricists, publishers, and others involved in the creation of music. ASCAP is the leading performing rights organization, representing over 540,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.


The international newsweekly of music, video and home entertainment; profiles, commentary, album ratings, feature articles, marketing and reviews. Provides full-text from 1994-current. 

Emile Berliner and the Birth of the American Recording Industry
An online collection of archival materials relating to Emile Berliner, the developer of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player. Includes photographs and sound recordings.

Future of Music Coalition
A Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization which works with musicians, composers and industry stakeholders to  provide solutions to shared challenges.

Mergent Online
Offers textual detail on company financials, descriptions, history, property, subsidiaries officers and directors.

Next Big Sound

Provides  online music analytics and insights. As part of Pandora, they deliver analytics tools used by music makers, labels and marketers looking for data and insights about artists and their fans. 

Recording Industry Association of America

The trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Provides the industry perspective on intellectual property rights, current lawsuits, and more. Links to most of the major labels.


A performing rights organization which represents songwriters and publishers, and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. 

Standard & Poor’s Net Advantage
Includes Industry Surveys, Company Profiles, Mutual Funds, and S&P 500, 400, and 600.

Value Line 
Provides accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. 

Whale Report

Provides real-time global chart performance for the music industry.