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New Report, Website Shows Economic Impact of US Music Industry


A recent report has detailed the economic impact of the US music industry state by state, and the results have been added to a new interactive website created by 10 music industry organizations.

The music industry creates $170 billion in value annually to the US economy, supports 2.47 million jobs across a wide range of professions, and accounts for $9.08 billion in export sales, according to the “US Music Industries: Jobs & Benefits” 2020 report, written by experts at Economists Incorporated for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Across the country there are 236,269 music establishments and 1.45 million songwriters, and over 206,000 royalty recipients.

The report provides individual economic impact data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Music is many things—a thread that connects and unites, a touchstone that strengthens and supports, and a current that carries and uplifts. It’s one of the strongest emotional, social, and cultural forces in our world. It’s also a major economic engine, boosting local communities, providing jobs and opportunity, and underpinning a wide range of related business and creative activities, from film scores to Twitch livestreams to advertising and background sound,” the authors state in the report, which seeks to examine and explain the scope of all that economic activity.

The results of the report have also been incorporated into a newly updated website “50 States of Music.” The website allows users to click on state-specific pages and find relevant economic data on that state, as well as lists of notable artists and musicians, festivals, music schools, and major music conferences.

The organizations who contributed to the site are:

• American Association of Independent Music

• American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

• Broadcast Music, Inc.

• Global Music Rights

• National Independent Venues Association

• National Music Publishers Association

•  Recording Industry Association of America

• Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists


• SoundExchange

To read the Economists Inc. report on jobs and benefits in the US music industry, visit

Visit the “50 States of Music” website at

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