According to the current monitoring report Culture and Creative Industries 2019, there were 14,382 companies in the music industry in 2018 (compared to 13,862 in 2009). The turnover in 2018 was 8.7 billion EUR (2009: 6.3 billion EUR). In 2018, the music industry employed 53,000 people in main occupation (2009: 47,000), 39,000 of whom were employees subject to social security contributions (2009: 33,000). Gross value added in the music industry in 2018 was 5.8 billion euros (2009: 4.5 billion EUR). At 1,600 companies, the highest share of companies was in the retail trade with musical instruments etc. (2009: 2,200). Within the music industry, the largest turnover of 2.1 billion EUR was achieved by theatre/concert organisers.
The German Music Publishers’ Association is made up of 350 music publishers who, with sales of 690 million EUR, account for around 90 % of music publishing sales in Germany. The German Orchestra Association is the interest group for professional musicians, which is committed to further the development of professional orchestras, choirs and theatres and independent ensembles and, as a trade union, advocate
s better working conditions for musicians.