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Broadcasting & Sound Engineering and Film Technology: Professional development

Employability support

UK industry and research organizations

Market research

Mintel publishes reports on consumer and domestic markets. The University's online subscription to Mintel Academic gives you access to reports related to Leisure, Media and Technology. These include the April 2019 report on Music and other audio and the annual August report on Music Concerts and Festivals.

The University has a subscription to MarketLine Advantage which publishes reports that cover global markets and specific international markets. This includes a February 2019 report on Online Music Streaming in the United Kingdom

Statista publishes its survey on the Music Industry in the United Kingdom, of which some of the data is freely available.

The Creative Industries Council is a joint forum between the UK government and the UK's creative industries that aims to provide a voice for the sector concentrating on subjects where the sector is facing barriers to growth. Its Music facts & Figures section takes data from the sources mentioned below.

The UK Government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published its March 2019 report into Live Music, a January 2018 report into Brexit and its impact on the creative industries and its September 2013 report Supporting the creative economy. 

Trade associations/Regulatory bodies

The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) represents the global recording industry. Its annual Global Music Report details how record companies have transformed their business models for the digital age. Sample pages from this are on its web site. Its Music Consumer Insight Report details how consumers engage and access music across licensed and unlicensed platforms.

The British Phonographic Institute (BPI) is the British record industry’s trade association and publishes information on record sales in its monthly market report. This information is received electronically and the PDFs are posted on the University's Digital Library. Its annual yearbook is the publication All About the Music, copies of which are in the reference section of Curzon Library in the rolling stacks.

UK Music represents every part of the recorded and live music industry. It publishes its annual Measuring Music report in September. In June 2016 it published a report on the economic impact of the live music in the UK.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) does not specifically record the contribution of the music industry to the UK economy (James, 2019). Its Digital Sector Economic Estimates include data for the entire sector including companies with SIC code 59.20 sound recording and music publishing.


Mintel publishes a range of reports on the UK’s consumer and domestic markets. The University has a subscription to Mintel Academic which features reports in the Leisure, Media and Technology series. Reports include the annual December report on Cinemas.

Screen Business: How screen sector tax reliefs power economic growth across the UK. A report published in November 2018 by Olsberg SFI and Nordicity for BFI. Chapter 4 covers the film sector and Chapter 9 the VFX sector.

The State of the UK Independent Film Sector. A study by Olsberg SPI for the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) in April 2017.

Oxford Economics, September 2012, Economic impact of the UK Film Industry.

Trade Associations/Professional Institutions

The BFI’s Statistical Yearbook presents the most comprehensive picture of film in the UK.  Its Official statistics release calendar informs you the dates of publication of all BFI's statistics. BFI's Film Industry Statistics and Reports includes details of its research reports relating to film's contribution to the UK economy, its cultural impact, film audiences and film on UK television.

British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) Market Information including details of the Yearbook and insight into the DVD and Blu-Ray market.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) does not specifically record the contribution of the film or VFX industry to the UK economy. Its Digital Sector Economic Estimates include data for the entire sector grouping together all companies involved with the sub-sector of film, TV, video, radio and photography.

Trade journals