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Publications

Online Resources

University Libraries

  1. Search HOMER for periodicals by doing a "Word or Phrase" search using the following terms:
    • [music type] music--periodicals

    Replace "[music type]" with rock, popular, folk, blues, jazz, classical or any other type of music you are researching.
  2. Search HOMER for books by doing a "Word or Phrase" search using the following terms:
    • music industry or music business

    Or find full-text books online through eBrary.

    Some good books to start with are:

    • Music Business Handbook / by David Baskerville  (Business Reference ML3795 .B33 2006)
    • This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry / by M. William Krasilovsky (Music Library ML3790.S5 2003)
    • Entertainment Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis / by Harold L. Vogel (Cinema/TV Library PN 1590.F55V6 2001)
      "Chapter 5: Music" covers size and structure of the domestic and global market, the making and marketing of records with analysis of production and distribution costs, and Internet issues.
    • Global Entertainment & Media Outlook, 2007-2011 (Business Reference Desk HF5439 .M267G66) published by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, it contains a section on "Recorded Music"
    • The Truth About the Music Business: a grassroots business and legal guide (2005)   (USC network connection required to access this title through Gale Virtual Reference Library database or eBrary)
    • Simmons Study of Media and Markets (1994) (Grand Depository HF 3001.S5)

Statistics and Demographics

Online Resources

The School of Business Network
These database links will re-direct you to our proxy-enabled subscription database page to facilitate connectivity:

  • IBISWorld contains U.S. industry reports (keyword search "music" or scroll to NAICS 5122* or 7113*).
  • Global Market Information Database provides reports and statistics on consumer expenditures (keyword search "music")
  • Business & Company Resource Center contains market share statistics on many aspects of the music industry (Advanced Search / Rankings)
  • Forrester contains specialized industry reports (keyword search "music", "DVDs" or "MP3")
  • Investext contains analyst reports on specific companies, or broader entertainment industry reports
  • MarketResearchAcademic.com contains global market research reports (keyword search "music")
  • ValueLine gives a brief industry overview (search under the Investment Survey link in the left-hand menu, then "Look-up Industry" and select '"Entertainment")
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic indexes the Entertainment & Arts industry, and provides the full text of many articles.
  • TableBase allows keyword searching for sales and statistical data with accompanying articles (USC's subscription only allows one user at a time)

Crocker Business Library

  • For industry-wide averages and norms, refer to:
    • Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios (Circulation Desk: HF5681.R25.I525);
    • RMA Annual Statement Surveys (Circulation Desk: HF5681.B2.R6);
    • Troy Almanac (Business Circulation Desk: HF5681.R25.T68)
    • The Standard & Poors Industry Survey: Movies & Home Entertainment section (Circulation Desk)
    • ValueLine (Circulation Desk)

Trade Organizations

Online Resources


Companies

Online Resources

  • To find financial filings of a public company, search the SEC's website.

The School of Business Network
These database links will re-direct you to our proxy-enabled subscription database page to facilitate connectivity:

  • Business & Company Resource Center provides company profiles, articles and market reports.
  • Hoover's provides company tearsheets and financials.
  • ValueLine provides financial data for public companies (search under the Investment Survey link in the left-hand menu).
  • Mergent Online provides financial data, news and PDF versions of company annual reports.
  • Mint Global contains company profile information.
  • Investext contains analyst reports on public music companies.
  • Compact Disclosure provides financial data for public companies. Accessible on the Marshall network only.

Crocker Business Library

  • Mergent Manuals (Reference Stacks)
  • ValueLine (Circulation Desk)

Guilds and Societies

Online Resources


Government Information

Online Resources


Directories

Online Resources
The Thomas Register of Manufacturers includes manufacturers of such products as recording equipment and instruments.

Crocker Business Library
The Southern California Business Directory (Circulation Desk: HF5068.L6.L58)

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