Monthly trade journal features news and information for music products dealers and distributors, with special features including monthly "Roundtable" and "Dealer Survey" reports which cover a variety of products and accessories and the "America's Top Chains" and "50 Dealer/50 State" reports included in the December year-end review issue. Selected issues of the publication can be viewed free online.
Annual report provides U.S. retail sales data for twelve product markets (e.g., fretted products, brass, woodwind, and stringed instruments, pianos and organs, portable keyboard, percussion, and general accessories), with sales data provided for each market including retail value, market share, and units sold. Summary overview, table of contents, and selected data from this report is available free online.
The Music Trades
Monthly trade publication features news and information for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers of music and audio products, with special reports including "The Retail Top 200" which ranks the top U.S. music retailers by annual sales, "The Music Industry Census" which provides retail statistics for 55 product categories, and the "Quarterly Retail Sales Report" which analyzes quarterly retail trends.
The Retail Top 200
Annual report ranks the top U.S. retailers by sales volume, with information provided for each retailer including five-year sales history with year-over-year comparisons, sales per store and per employee, number of store locations and employees, products types sold, chief executive officer, and complete contact information. Alphabetical list of U.S. retailers included in the report can be viewed free online.
The Music Industry Census
Annual report provides detailed retail sales data for music and sound equipment by product category, with data provided for each category including unit volume and dollar value of products sold over the over the last ten years, average unit selling price, and retail and wholesale margins. Complete list of the 55 product categories covered in the report and sample category data can be viewed free online.
Quarterly Retail Sales Report
Quarterly report provides retail sales data for music and sound equipment based on a survey of over a thousand U.S. retailers, with quarter-to-quarter comparative data provided for over sixteen product categories (e.g., fretted instruments, amplifiers, recording equipment, and accessories) on a national and regional basis. Full list of the product categories covered by the report can be viewed free online.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of the annual revenue for establishments that sell musical instruments, sheet music, and related supplies (e.g., audio equipment, components, parts, and accessories) to consumers and may also provide rental, repair, and maintenance services and private music lessons and instruction.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, sales manager, store manager, assistant store manager, sales clerk, customer service manager, and musical instrument repair technician, with employers for which salary or hourly rate data is provided including Guitar Center Inc., Sam Ash Music Corp., and Sweetwater Sound, Inc.
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for job titles in this retail sector which includes companies that sell musical instruments, sheet music, and related supplies (e.g., audio equipment, components, parts, and accessories) to consumers and may also provide rental, repair, and maintenance services and private music lessons and instruction.