The characteristics of the music market in Poland are similar to those of other countries in the world. The following trends can be observed in both Poland and the rest of the world:
- An increase in the value of the music and system markets, return to the value before the crisis that the market had been facing since the 2000s;
- An increase of the share of independent record labels in the phonographic market;
- Increasing importance of streaming and the Internet in promoting the decisions of creators;
- An increase in the concert market share in artists revenues.
The Polish music market distinguishes itself from the world market in the following ways:
- A greater share of sales of physical carriers in the phonographic market and no clear deviation from these format;
- Great importance of radio and reaching its listeners, which does not change despite the growing importance of streaming platforms and the Internet;
- Relative low popularity of disco polo – a genre that occurs only in Poland;
- Polish artists are definitely more popular than foreign ones. This difference is especially pronounced in the case of hip hop.
Institutional support for the music market in Poland
- Institutional support provided to musicians of a diverse nature and manifested in the activities of public entities (Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, public institutes), market entities (media) and non-governmental entities (associations, foundations, copyright management associations);
- There are two main paths of providing support – direct (programmes, scholarships, competitions, awards) and indirect (promotion, popularization);
- Among public institutions, the main supporting entities are: the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, institutions supervised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage that deal with music, such as the Institute of Music and Dance, Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as well as municipal and provincial governments.
- Supporting entities from the non-governmental sector are mainly associations and foundations, e.g. the Meakultura Foundation, the Association of Polish Musicians, the Polish Music Foundation, the Association of Independent Polish Phonography, and trade and collective management unions (eg ZAIKS, ZPAV, STOART, SAWP).
- There are also cooperation networks that most often associate with other smaller entities from the non-governmental sector, such as the Music Export Poland Foundation, the Alliance of Independent Music Producers, and the Polish Music Council.