Ungated Post | 17 Nov 2020

The Economic Impact of Music in Europe

The European music sector has a major impact on the economies of the EU and the UK. In 2018 the recorded music industry supported an €81.9 billion contribution to EU27 and UK GDP, according to a study by Oxford Economics, commissioned by IFPI. This was larger than the GDP of nine of the 28 EU Member States in that year. Of this contribution, €37.5 billion was generated by the music sector itself through its output, wages and tax payments. To give a sense of scale, this was 1.5 times larger than that made by the wine-making and brewing sectors.

The European music sector also had a significant indirect impact on the labour market and fiscal position around Europe. We estimate the music sector supported 2 million jobs across the EU27 and UK, which meant that 1 in every 119 jobs in the 28 countries were dependent on the sector’s activities to some degree. All of this economic activity also benefited public finances, with the sector supporting a total contribution of €31.0 billion to EU27 and UK tax revenues, equivalent to 19.4% of the entire EU budget for the same year.

In addition to this, we also conservatively estimate that the European music sector earned €9.7 billion in export revenue in 2018 from customers around the rest of the world. These earnings are 13% higher than all exports of European GI-protected wines to non-EU countries (including champagne).

Read the full report

View the infographic

Our economic consulting team are world leaders in quantitative economic analysis, working with clients around the globe and across sectors to build models, forecast markets and evaluate interventions using state-of-the art techniques. Lead consultants on this project were:

Oxford Economics’ team is expert at applying advanced economic tools that provide valuable insights into today’s most pressing business, financial, and policy issues.

To find out more about our capabilities, contact:

EMEA
Sam Moore
+44 (0)207 803 1415
Email

Americas
Hamilton Galloway
+1 (646) 503 3068
Email

Asia
Rhianne Clark
+65 6850 0112
Email

Related Services

Post

Global Pump Market Outlook 2024

The global pump market experienced a modest recovery in 2023. For 2024, we project a 2.5% growth in the market, reflecting a cautious optimism amid varied economic conditions.

Find Out More

Post

The Malaria ‘Dividend’: Why Investing In Malaria Elimination Creates Returns For All

Malaria No More (MNM) United Kingdom (UK) commissioned Oxford Economics Africa to assess the future economic impact of malaria on the countries most exposed to the disease, as well as at the Africa and global levels, while also considering the UK’s relationship with the most affected countries and the benefits arising from localised research and development (R&D) and manufacturing.

Find Out More

Post

Spirits: global economic impact study 2024

On behalf of the World Spirits Alliance (WSA), and in collaboration with the IWSR, Oxford Economics undertook the first ever truly global economic impact assessment of the production and sale of spirits across 185 economies in 2022. The study found that the production and sale of spirits supported $730 billion in GVA contributions to global GDP, as well as 36 million jobs and $390 billion in tax revenue for governments across the world.

Find Out More