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100+ Music Statistics in 2022 (Music Industry, Revenue, Growth Stats)

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A complete insight into music statistics and facts. Find out:

  • Music industry revenue and global popularity
  • Artists’ demographics and earnings
  • Positive effects of music on health and learning

Did you know that the music industry earned $25.9 billion in 2021? And that it took 22 years to finally surpass their record revenue from 1999?

Find out more interesting stats in the article below.

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Contents:

Key Music Statistics

  • Global music industry earned $25.9 billion in 2021.
  • With $8.5 billion in revenues, the Universal Music Group earned the most out of all music labels in 2021.
  • The music industry revenue growth increased by 18.3% in 2021, which is the largest revenue jump in the last 22 years.
  • 65% of total music industry revenue comes from streaming.
  • On global average, people spent 18.4 hours per week listening to music.
  • Independent artists earn $12.860 per year on average.
  • Music therapy is a helpful tool against depression.
  • Music enhances cognitive functions and learning abilities in children.

Music Industry Revenues

The global recorded music industry earned $25.9 billion in 2021.

Music industry revenue between 1999-2021

Furthermore, it has finally surpassed the earnings from 1999 ($24.1 billion) after 2 decades of constant decline in recorded music revenue.

YearMusic recording
industry revenue
2021$25.9 billion
2020$21.9 billion
2019$20.4 billion
2018$18.9 billion
2017$17.3 billion
2016$16.1 billion
2015$14.7 billion
2014$14.2 billion
2013$14.7 billion
2012$15.0 billion
2011$15.0 billion
2010$15.1 billion
2009$15.9 billion
2008$17.1 billion
2007$18.4 billion
2006$19.6 billion
2005$20.2 billion
2004$20.8 billion
2003$20.8 billion
2002$22.4 billion
2001$23.9 billion
2000$22.6 billion
1999$24.1 billion
(IFPI)

(IFPI)

Major music publisher revenues

YearUniversal Music Group revenue
2021$8.5 billion
2020$7.4 billion
2019$7.2 billion
2018$6.0 billion
2017$5.7 billion
2016$5.3 billion
2015$5.1 billion
2014$4.5 billion
(Statista)
YearWarner Music Group revenue
2021$5.3 billion
2020$4.5 billion
2019$4.8 billion
2018$4.0 billion
2017$3.6 billion
2016$3.2 billion
2015$3.0 billion
2014$3.0 billion
(Macro Trends)
YearUniversal Music Group revenue
2021$7.5 billion
2020$4.5 billion
2019$4.2 billion
2018$3.9 billion
2017$3.8 billion
2016$3.6 billion
(MBW) (MBW 2)
YearBMG revenue
2021$663 million
2020$602 million
2019$600 million
(MBW 3)

Record companies earned a total of $5.77 billion in the US alone in 2020 (Statista 2).

Music Industry Growth

Global music industry revenues grew by 18.3% in 2021.

That’s the highest growth percentage since the 1990s.

From 1999 to 2021, the music industry has grown on average by 0.55% per year.

Here’s a table of music industry revenue growth per year:

YearMusic industry revenue growth
202118.3%
20207.3%
20197.9%
20189.2%
20177.4%
20169.5%
20153.5%
2014-3.4%
2013-2.0%
20120%
2011-0.6%
2010-5.0%
2009-7.0%
2008-7.1%
2007-6.1%
2006-3.0%
2005-2.9%
20040%
2003-7.1%
2002-6.3%
20015.7%
2000-6.2%
1999/
(Calculated from IFPI report data)

Music streaming represented 65% of total industry revenue in 2021.

65% of music industry revenue comes with streaming

The share is rising by each year, being 61.9% in 2020. You can find more data in another article on music streaming.

(IFPI Report 2022)

Music industry earned 21.9% more from streaming subscriptions compared to the year before.

The growth is slowly slowing down but still being around 20% which is above average for most industries.

YearStreaming subscriptions revenue growth
202121.9%
202018.5%
201922.9%
201834.0%
201741.1%
201660.4%
(IFPI reports 2022-2017)

It has also earned 4% more in performance rights revenue and 16.1% from physical sales revenue.

Compared to 2020, where performance rights revenue declined by -10.1%, and physical sales revenue declined by -4.7%.

(IFPI Report 2022)

Music Industry by Country

Top 10 biggest music markets between 2021-2017:

The USA is the biggest music market in the world

The year 2018 is absent from IFPI reports.

Ranking2021202020192017
1.USAUSAUSAUSA
2.JapanJapanJapanJapan
3.UKUKUKGermany
4.GermanyGermanyGermanyUK
5.FranceFranceFranceFrance
6.ChinaSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth Korea
7.South KoreaChinaChinaCanada
8.CanadaCanadaCanadaAustralia
9.AustraliaAustraliaAustraliaBrazil
10.ItalyNetherlandsBrazilChina
(IFPI reports from different years)

Music revenue growth in regions around the world

World region20212020201920182017
USA22.6%7.3%10.5%//
Europe15.4%3.5%7.2%/4.3%
Asia16.1%9.5%3.4%//
Canada12.6%8.1%8.1%//
Japan9.3%-2.1%-0.9%/-3%
Australia3.4%/6%//
North Africa
-Middle East
35%37%///
Latin America31.2%15.9%18.9%16.8%17.7%
Sub-Saharan
Africa
9.6%////
Asia &
Australasia
///11.7%5.4%
North America////12.8%
(IFPI reports from different years)

Global Music Sales by Distribution

83% of music industry revenue in the US comes from music streaming.

Revenue source20212020201920182017
Streaming83%83%79%75%65%
Physical media11%9%10%12%17%
Digital downloads4%6%8%11%15%
Synchronization2%2%2%3%3%
(RIAA)

That’s followed by physical copy sales at merely 11%. However, that’s up from 9% in 2020, indicating a small rise in the popularity of the physical media.

(RIAA)

There were 46.6 million CDs and 39.7 million vinyl records shipped in the US in 2021.

Furthermore, physical media sales increased slightly compared to 2020, with the biggest resurgence in LP vinyl sales.

(Statista 7)

Here’s a table of CD shipments per year:

YearCD shipmentsDifference
202146.6 million47.5%
202031.6 million-33.5%
201947.5 million-8.6%
201852 million-40.7%
201787.7 million/
(Statista 10)

Here’s a table of LP shipments per year:

YearLP shipmentsDifference
202139.7 million67.5%
202023.7 million28.1%
201918.5 million10.7%
201816.7 million7%
201715.6 million/
(Statista 10)

Here’s a table of digital music downloads per year:

YearDigital downloadsDifference
202129.1 million-12.1%
202033.1 million-11.7%
201937.5 million-24.5%
201849.7 million-25.1%
201766.4 million/
(Statista 10)

Who sold the most albums?

The Beatles sold 600 million albums worldwide.

Artists with the most albums sold worldwide

We tabled the artists with the most sold albums:

RankingArtistAlbums sold worldwide
1.The Beatles600 million
2.Michael Jackson400 million
3.Madonna300 million
4.Pink Floyd250 million
5.Led Zeppelin250 million
6.Elton John250 million
7.The Rolling Stones240 million
8.Mariah Carey220 million
9.Eminem220 million
10.AC/DC200 million
(From web research)

Music Consumption Data

Music revenue from different segments between 2021-2017:

Source
of revenue
20212020201920182017
Subscription
stream
47.3%46%42%37%38%
Ad-supported
stream
17.7%16.2%14.1%10%/
Physical media19.2%19.5%21.6%25%30%
Performance
rights
9.4%10.6%12.6%14%14%
Downloads
other digital
4.3%5.8%7.2%12%16%
Synchronization2.1%2%2.4%2%2%
(IFPI reports) (Domingo) “stream. = streaming”

(Mostly from IFPI, except 2018 data from Domingo)

68% of videos in short-form video apps had something to do with lip-syncing or dancing to music.

(IFPI Engaging 2021)

Streaming service users’ most favorite features are the ability to choose their favorite songs, artists, and their own playlists.

  • 68% of users search for a specific song several times per week.
  • 62% listen to playlists they created several times per week.
  • 62% are searching for a specific artist several times per week.

(IFPI Engaging 2021)

29% of people already used illegal or unlicensed ways to listen or download music.

14.4% used unlicensed social media platforms for music purposes.

(IFPI Engaging 2021)

193 million or 68% of the US population above the age of 12 listen to online music monthly.

More than 68% of US population listen to music monthly

That is 1 million US listeners more compared to 2020.

Furthermore, out of 193 million monthly listeners, 176 million of them listen to online music weekly. That’s 7 million more compared to 2020.

Find more data in the listening to music statistics.

Monthly US listeners193 million
Weekly US listeners176 million
(Edison Research)

Monthly US online music listeners based on demographic:

Age group of monthly US listeners202120202019
12-3486%86%87%
35-5472%76%70%
55+46%42%40%
(Edison Research)

Average US listener above the age of 12 spent 16 hours and 14 minutes listening to online music weekly in 2021.

Average weekly music listening time in the US

Here’s how much time people spend listening to music on a weekly and daily basis:

YearListening
per week
Per day
202116h 14min2h 19min
202015h 12min2h 10min
201916h 43min2h 23min
201813h 40min1h 57min
201714h 39min2h 5min
201612h 8min1h 44min
201512h 53min1h 50min
201413h 19min1h 54min
201311h 56min1h 42min
20129h 46min1h 23min
(Edison Research)

And here’s how much time people spend listening to music on a monthly and yearly basis:

YearListening
per month
Per yearIn 5 years
202169h 30min834h4,170h
202065h780h3,900h
201971h 30min858h4,290h
201858h 30min702h3,510h
201762h 30min750h3,750h
201652h624h3,120h
201555h660h3,300h
201457h684h3,420h
201351h612h3,060h
201241h 30min498h2,490h
(Edison Research)

In 2022, the average US listener spends 1 hour and 37 minutes per day listening to music.

Average daily music listening time in the US

Here’s a table of the average daily time spent listening to music per year:

YearTime spent listening to music dailyDifference
20221h 37min3.6%
20211h 34min4.8%
20201h 29min8.3%
20191h 22min10.6%
20181h 14min12.1%
(Emarketer)

How often do Americans listen to music with others?

Likeliness of listening to music with others (in the US):

FrequentlySometimesHardly everNever
24%27%28%21%
(Edison Research)

Likeliness based on demographics (age):

Age groupFrequentlySometimesHardly everNever
12-3432%37%21%10%
35-5429%24%29%18%
55+13%18%33%36%
(Edison Research)

Percentage of US listeners listening to online music in a car via smartphone:

20212020201920182017201620152014
50%45%41%42%38%34%32%23%
(Edison Research)

Main music source in cars in the US:

Music source202120202019
FM radio75%81%81%
Owned digital music48%48%45%
CD player35%41%43%
Online streaming33%33%28%
(Edison Research)

74% of people listen to the radio primarily for music.

73% of listeners pick their favorite radio station based on the type of music it’s playing.

(IFPI Engaging 2021)

Music Industry Stats by Age of Musicians

Most musicians (54%) are older than 40 years.

Age groupPercentage of musicians
20-3018%
30-4029%
40+54%
(Zippia)

Who’s an average musician? – Musician demographics

There are 20% female musicians compared to 80% male musicians in the US (Zippia).

69.9% of US musicians are white, representing the large majority.

Musicians’ raceShare percentage
White69.9%
Hispanic or Latino11.6%
Black or African American10.2%
Asian5.3%
American Indian or Alaska Native0.3%
Others2.7%
(Zippia)

Most common education levels among US musicians:

DegreeShare percentage
Bachelors61%
High school diploma13%
Associate13%
Masters8%
Other degrees5%
(Zippia)

Live Music Industry Statistics / Live Concerts and Performances

Live music industry global revenue numbers.

  • In 2020, the live music industry earned around $9.7 billion, resulting in a $30 billion loss that year.

In 2020, the live music industry sold 44.3 million tickets less than in 2019.

Concert tickets sold worldwide between 2011-2020

A huge drop in ticket sales was due to pandemic show cancellations and lockdowns.

(Statista 3)

Here’s a table of concert tickets sold per year:

YearTickets sold
202013.4 million
201957.7 million
201858.1 million
201759.0 million
201654.7 million
201550.2 million
201451.7 million
201363.3 million
201251.3 million
201154.2 million
(Statista 3)

Some big artists have moved to perform live concerts in games.

ArtistGames the artist appeared in
Lil Nas XFortnite, Roblox
Travis ScottFortnite, Roblox
Zara LarssonRoblox
KaskadeFortnite
Ariana GrandeFortnite
(MRC Data Report 2021)

Worldwide music tours with the most sold tickets in 2021:

Artist/concert tourTickets soldEarnings
Harry Styles669,051$86.7 million
The Hella Mega Tour659,062$67.3 million
Dead & Company588,658$50.2 million
Dave Matthews Band583,399$45.9 million
Phish572,626$44.7 million
Jonas Brothers528,630$42.5 million
Luke Bryan522,966$33.5 million
The Rolling Stones516,624$115.5 million
Chris Stapleton516,395$34.9 million
Alanis Morissette499,296$29.3 million
(Data Pollstar)

Worldwide music tours with the most sold tickets in 2020:

Artist/concert tourTickets soldEarnings
Trans-Siberian Orchestra885,740$58.2 million
Elton John664,749$87.1 million
Celine Dion408,407$71.2 million
Queen + Adam Lambert376,477$44.5 million
Jonas Brothers365,360$32.7 million
U2360,710$52.1 million
The Lumineers301,655$17.1 million
Post Malone299,969$40.3 million
Five Finger Death Punch279,659$17.9 million
Maroon 5273,984$19.8 million
(Data Pollstar)

What’s the market share of music publishers?

Market share of the largest music publishers worldwide.

Music publishers' market share in 2020

Market share of all major music labels, by years:

Market share/Music publisherSony/ATVWarner ChappellUniversalEMIKobaltBMGIndependents
202024.5%11.2%23%/7%6.4%27.9%
201925%11.6%21%/7%6.6%28.8%
201826%12.3%20.2%///41.4%
201727.3%12%19.5%///41.2%
201627%12%19.8%///41.2%
201528.3%12.4%23.1%///36.2%
201429.5%12.5%23%///35%
201329.4%13.2%22.6%///34.8%
201221.7%13.6%22.5%9.5%//32.7%
201111.7%14.1%22.2%19.3%//32.6%
201012.5%13.9%22.6%19.7%//31.4%
200912.3%14.4%22.9%19.3%//31.2%
200811.7%14.9%23.2%18.3%//31.9%
200711.6%14.8%22.2%19.8%//31.6%
(Statista 4)

What Percentage of the Population Listens to Music?

Around 90% or 7.11 billion people listen to music worldwide.

According to the Nielsen Music 360 report, the percentage fluctuates between 90 and 93%.

Find more stats on listening to music.

(Nielsen Music Report 2017)

How do People Listen to Music?

Most people listen to music using music streaming services.

Find more related data on listening to music in our separate article.

Here’s a table

Music consumption sourcePercentage
Subscription music streaming23%
Video streaming22%
Radio16%
Short videos (TikToks)11%
Ad-supported music streaming9%
Purchased music (CDs, downloads)9%
Other (Netflix, music borrowing)5%
Social media3%
Live shows2%
(IFPI Engaging 2021)

54% of US listeners listen to music via car radio.

Source of musicPercentage of listeners
Car radio54%
Free streaming service35%
Paid streaming service33%
Owned CDs29%
Radio streams via internet27%
Downloaded or borrowed music27%
Video-streaming sites26%
Piracy12%
Owned vinyl11%
Digital radio on a TV10%
Portable analog radio10%
Portable radio10%
Radio via home Hi-Fi6%
Other4%
Haven’t listened to music5%
(YouGovAmerica)

People prefer listening to music between 4 pm and 8 pm (16:00-20:00).

This is the exact time most people end their work and come home in need of relaxation.

(HeadphonesAddict)

How Much Music per Day do People Listen to by Country?

People globally spent 2 hours and 36 minutes per day listening to music, based on 2021 data.

Average music listening time based on country

How much people listen to music around the globe on a weekly and daily basis:

CountryHours per WEEKHours per DAY
Worldwide18h 24min2h 36min
USA16h 14min1h 34min
China22h 54min3h 18min
India21h 54min3h 6min
Russia18h 54min2h 42min
France (2020 data)14 hours1-2 hours
(IFPI Engaging 2021) (Edison Research) (Statista 5)

In 2020, people globally spent 18 hours per week or 2.5 hours per day listening to music.

The numbers were converted to tell the exact time (22.9h in 22h 54min).

How Much Music Does an Average American Listen to Per Day?

An average American spent 3.8 hours per day listening to music in 2019.

YearHours per WEEKHours per DAY
201926h 54min3h 48min
201828h 18min4 hours
201732h 6min4h 36min
(Statista 6)

Discover more interesting facts about people listening to music.

Who Listens to Rap Music Statistics

32% of US youngsters aged 18-29 listen to rap.

Rap is the least popular among white US audiences (7%), whereas it’s the most popular among black US audiences (35%).

(CBS News)

48% of US teenagers listened to rap music in 2018.

(Audio Monitor)

55% of Gen Z listeners in the US listened to rap in 2021.

YearGen ZMillennials
202155%54%
201934%56%
(YPulse)

Popularity went up from 34% in 2019.

54% of millennials in the US listened to rap in 2021.

Popularity went down from 56% in 2019.

(YPulse)

With 54%, rap music is the most popular among US listeners aged 20-24.

(Audio Monitor)

48.6% of gymgoers listen to rap during workouts.

More than 48% of gymgoers listen to rap during workouts

In 57.4% of cases where gymgoers listened to rap, they managed to break their personal record.

(FitRated)

Percentage of rap listeners in the US from 2017 to 2021.

YearPercentage of US listeners
202127.7%
202028.2%
201927.7%
201831.2%
201725.1%
(Nielsen Music Reports 2017-2019) (MRC Data Reports 2020-2021)

How Many Artists Signed to Major Labels?

In 2017, major labels signed 658 artists, or roughly 2 artists daily.

That’s 12% more compared to 589 artists signed in 2014.

(MMLR)

Major labels spent $5.8 billion in supporting and marketing the artists in 2017.

YearMoney spent on A&RMoney spent on marketing
2017$4.1 billion$1.7 billion
2015$2.8 billion$1.7 billion
2013$2.5 billion$1.8 billion
2011$2.7 billion$1.7 billion
2008$2.8 billion$2.4 billion
(IFPI 2)

A&R – “Artists & Repertoire sing an artist to a record label, which provides creative and commercial expertise, as well as financial support, to support the artist’s music creation.”

(IFPI 2)

Famous musicians which created their own record labels:

MusicianMusic label they’ve created
Frank SinatraReprise
Ray CharlesTangerine
The BeatlesApple Records
Frank ZappaBizarre/Straight/DiscReet
PrincePaisley Park/NPG
SuperchunkMerge
MadonnaMaverick
Beastie BoysGrand Royal
Jay-ZRoc-A-Fella Records
Jack WhiteThird Man
Kanye WestGOOD Music
(UDiscover Music)

Stats On Average Independent Musician

US musicians positioned somewhere “in the middle” earn between $20.000 to $25.000 per year.

The median musician in Canada earns around $40.950 CAD per year, which equals $30.842 US.

(Music Industry How To)

On average, an independent artist earns $12.860 per year.

Yearly independent vs. signed artist earnings

Compared to signed artists, who earn on average $23.913 per year.

(MIDiA)

Annual independent artist earningPercentage of independent artistsPercentage of signed artists
Less than $10.000 per year74%61%
$10.000-$30.0009%17%
$30.001-$50.0005%13%
$50.001-$100.0002%0%
More than $100.0002%9%
(MIDiA)

There were 1,560 independent artists in the US in May 2019.

YearNumber of independent musicians in the USNumber of label-signed musicians in the US
May 20191,560n/a
May 20181,290n/a
May 20171,010n/a
May 2016880250
May 20151,230180
May 20141,360200
May 20121,830190
May 2003300880
(BLS)

83% of independent artists value having full creative control over their music.

13% are neutral, and 4% disagree.

Compared to label artists, 74% agree, 13% are neutral, and 13% disagree.

Ability to have full creative controlAgreeNeutralDisagree
Independent artists83%13%4%
Label artists74%13%13%
(MIDiA)

On the other hand, 73% of independent artists are open to outside influence and direction of their music if that means greater success. 18% are neutral, and 9% disagree.

Openness to outside influence and directionAgreeNeutralDisagree
Independent artists73%18%9%
Label artists66%17%17%
(MIDiA)

Around 66% of label artists are open to influence, 17% are neutral, and 17% disagree.

(MIDiA)

Statistics on How Music Affects Your Mood

Happy music stimulates your brain to start producing chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, responsible for the sensation of joy.

Also, calming music relaxes your body and reduces stress.

(PPL PRS)

What are the Benefits of Listening to Classical Music?

Listening to classical music has numerous benefits.

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Boosts your memory
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Makes you more creative
  • Reduces pain
  • Helps with depression
  • Makes you more productive

(Takelessons)

Classical music may reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels.

Another study focused on pregnant women who felt less stressed and anxious when listening to classical music every week.

(WNO)

Concentration and self-discipline can be improved by listening to classical music.

Kids that listen to classical music had fewer problems with concentration and were able to listen more carefully.

(PRS)

Classical music can reduce crime.

In the study, classical music was played over underground train stations over a period of 18 months.

The result was a reduction in vandalism by 37%, robberies by 33%, and attacks on staff by 25%.

Classical music effect

Here’s a table of the effect of classical music on crime:

Type of crimeVandalismRobberiesAttacks on staff
Reduction of crime in %37%33%25%
(Independent)

Statistics on How Music Helps Students

Students studying fractions alongside listening to music scored 100% better results compared to those who studied fractions normally.

(Children’s Music Workshop)

Students with music participation scored higher on math and verbal tests than those without music participation.

On average, students scored 63 points higher on verbal tests and 44 points higher on math tests.

(Children’s Music Workshop)

Engaging in music helps students score higher average grades.

The study also showed that the longer the musical training, the bigger the effect on academic performance (ArtsEdSearch).

Even students lagging behind other classmates improved or even surpassed them after visiting music instructions for 7 months. Their mathematical scores increased by 22% (Children’s Music Workshop).

78% of Americans agree that learning a musical instrument helps to perform better in other subjects.

(Children’s Music Workshop)

How does Loud Music Damage Your Ears?

Loud noise vigorously shakes the hair cells in your cochlea, causing them to break and stop working. Once that happens, the cells don’t grow back, leaving you with permanent hearing loss.

(CDC)

40 million US adults between the ages of 20-69 suffer from noise-induced hearing loss.

Meaning they damaged their hearing unnaturally, either by working someplace loud or by listening to loud music.

Furthermore, 50% of US adults with hearing loss don’t work in a loud environment. Suggesting that the damage occurred during recreational activities.

(Healthy Hearing)

Music Therapy

What is the Effectiveness of Music Therapy?

Music therapy, in combination with standard treatment, helps reduce depression in adults.

There are around 1,004 studies written between the years 2000 and 2019 that speak positively about music therapy.

(Frontiers in Psychology)

The study showed rapid improvements in depression reduction in patients who received psychotherapy and music therapy simultaneously.

After 6 months, the standard group’s score (the one with only psychotherapy) dropped by -7 on MADRS (depression score), and the music therapy group’s score dropped by -10.5.

Patients groupOnly psychotherapyPsychotherapy & music therapy
MADRS (depression score)-7-10.5
(Clearvue Health)

Similar story with patients with both depression and anxiety. The standard group’s anxiety score (HADS) dropped by -2.4, whereas the music therapy group’s score dropped by -4.1.

Patients groupOnly psychotherapyPsychotherapy & music therapy
HADS (anxiety score)-2.4-4.1
(Clearvue Health)

Music changes the brain waves to match the music’s tempo.

Faster music shifts you into a state of high alert thinking and better concentration, whereas slower music puts you into a meditative state.

The research also suggests that music can help your brain change its waves speed on its own, even after the listening session is over.

(ASA)

Singing lyrics can be helpful to people recovering from a stroke or brain injury of the parts responsible for speech.

By patients singing the lyrics, first with music and later without it, they exercise the damaged parts of the brain, speeding up the recovery.

(Health Harvard)

What are the Negative Effects of Music Therapy?

Particular music can irritate people or make them feel uncomfortable.

Music can sometimes trigger unwanted emotions or memories, further worsening a person’s emotional well-being.

(Cancer Research UK)

How Many People are in Music Therapy?

Around 1.6 million people worldwide receive music therapy each year.

Each year, 1.6 million people receive music therapy

The number is constantly growing due to expanding recognition of music therapy in media and word-of-mouth recommendations.

(Metro Music Therapy)

There are over 26,651 music therapists working in the US (Zippia).

They require 1200 clinical hours of practice to be able to work with music therapy as credentialed professionals.

(Metro Music Therapy)

Interesting Music Therapy Stats

Everett Thayer Gaston is recognized as the father of music therapy.

He was a trained clinical psychologist, born in Oklahoma on July 4, 1901. During his work between the 1940s and 1960s, he helped popularize the music therapy profession.

(Sam’s Fans)

Almost 4/5 of 26,651 music therapists in the US are women.

78.1% represent women, whereas the other 21.9% represent men. Their average age is 44 years.

Furthermore, out of them, 27% are from the LGBTQ community.

(Zippia)

Most musical therapists in the US are white (67.6%).

Followed by 13.3% of black or African American and 11% of Latino or Hispanic therapists.

Music therapist’s racePercentage
White67.6%
Black or African American13.3%
Latin or Hispanic11%
(Zippia)

Musical therapists’ average annual salary is $48.978.

The average starting salary is $37.000, whereas the highest one is $68.743.

Average starting annual salaryAverage annual salaryThe highest annual salary
$37.000$48.978$68.743
(Zippia)

Despite having more women working in the field, they earn 5% less than men.

(Zippia)

How Music Education Affects Children?

Music was found to enhance cognitive functions and learning abilities in children.

Music education improves so-called executive functions such as planning, working memory, inhibition, and flexibility.

(Frontiers in Psychology 2)

Music helps younger children stimulate reading skills, mathematical learning, and language acquisition.

It stimulates child development in all areas, and better prepares them for learning in school (Unicef).

Even educators are taught to include music education in their programs as it helps children learn better and also develop social skills (GPE).

Music has a soothing and uplifting effect on unborn babies.

Music has a soothing and uplifting effect on unborn babies

Pregnant women should listen to soothing music like lullabies, happy melodies, and even the classical genre. It’s best to do so after 24 weeks of pregnancy when the baby’s ears develop to recognize sounds.

(Unicef)

Are Schools with Music Programs Better than Schools Without It?

Kids are more successful in schools that teach music.

Those schools have a 90.2% graduation rate and a 93.9% attendance rate.

That’s compared to schools that lack music lessons, with an average of 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance rate.

SchoolsGraduation rateAttendance rate
With music lessons90.2%93.9%
Without music lessons72.9%84.9%
(NAMM Foundation)

Schools in the US that put a lot of focus on arts (especially music) produce the highest academic achievements.

On average, the best schools spend 20-30% of the day exposing students to arts.

(Children’s Music Workshop)

Shrinking school budgets endanger music education programs.

And that’s despite evidence suggesting music education positively affects learning abilities in children.

(IES)

Countries with the best academic results highly value music education.

Countries with a long tradition of teaching music in elementary and middle schools are:

  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
  • Japan

(Children’s Music Workshop)

Around 7000 schools in the US lack music education.

These are primarily schools that serve children from black and immigrant communities, as well as those with low income.

(Save the Music Foundation)

Sources: IFPI, IFPI 2, IFPI Report 2022, IFPI Report 2021, IFPI Engaging 2021, IFPI Listening 2019, IFPI Report 2019, IFPI Report 2018, IFPI Report 2017, Statista, Statista 2, Statista 3, Statista 4, Statista 5, Statista 6, Statista 7, Audio Monitor, BLS, RIAA, Macro Trends, MBW, MBW2, MBW 3, MBW 4, Domingo, Edison Research, Emarketer, Zippia, MRC Data Report 2021, MRC Data Report 2020, Data Pollstar, Data Pollstar 2, Nielsen Music Report 2019, Nielsen Music Report 2018, Nielsen Music Report 2017, CBS News, YouGovAmerica, HeadphonesAddict, YPulse, FitRated, MMLR, UDiscover Music, Music Industry How To, MIDiA, PPL PRS, Takelessons, WNO, PRS, Independent, Children’s Music Workshop, ArtsEdSearch, CDC, Healthy Hearing, Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology 2, Clearvue Health, ASA, Harvard Health, Cancer Research UK, Metro Music Therapy, Sam’s Fans, Unicef, GPE, NAMM Foundation, IES, Save the Music Foundation

Conclusion

These were the most complete statistics on the music industry, how people listen to music, and how music affects people’s well-being.

With a steady growth of the music industry and more well-known positive effects on humans, music will become an even greater part of our everyday lives.

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