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CME109: Survey of the Recording Industry (Armstrong): Industry

Company Research

To find research on specific companies, consults these databases.

Note that the amount of information that you can find depends on if the company is publically or privately held.

Trade and Professional Associations

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Representing the recording industry around the globe, this site includes news, statistics, and viewpoints from industry leaders.

Music Publishers' Association of the United States (MPA)

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

RIAA is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.

Recommended Sources of Industry Information

First, identify a company's NAICs code (North Amercian Industry Classification system): NAICs Codes

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