NAICS Code Description

512250 - Record Production and Distribution

Top Businesses by Annual Sales for 512250 – Click for Complete Profiles:

Universal Music Group IncBamtech LLC
Sony Interactive Entrmt LLCRhapsody International Inc
Warner Bros Records IncIcon South Music Group Corp
Universal Mus Investments IncCP Communications LLC
Audio and Video Labs IncCurb Records Inc

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in record production and/or releasing, promoting, and distributing sound recordings to wholesalers, retailers, or directly to the public. These establishments contract with artists, arrange and finance the production of original master recordings, and/or produce master recordings themselves, such as digital music and compact discs. Establishments in this industry hold the copyright to the master recording, or obtain reproduction and distribution rights to master recordings produced by others, and derive most of their revenues from the sales, leasing, licensing, or distribution of master recordings.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Promoting and authorizing the use of musical works in various media--are classified in Industry 512230, Music Publishers;
  • Providing facilities and technical expertise for recording musical performances--are classified in Industry 512240, Sound Recording Studios;
  • Operating radio broadcasting stations, that may acquire the right to distribute content and subsequently broadcast or distribute that content--are classified in Industry 516110, Radio Broadcasting Stations;
  • Operating radio broadcasting networks, including satellite radio networks, that may acquire the right to distribute content and subsequently broadcast or distribute that content--are classified in Industry 516210, Media Streaming Distribution Services, Social Networks, and Other Media Networks and Content Providers;
  • Mass duplication of recorded products--are classified in Industry 334610, Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media;
  • Merchant wholesale distribution of blank audio compact discs--are classified in Industry 423690, Other Electronic Parts and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers;
  • Merchant wholesale distribution of prerecorded audio compact discs--are classified in Industry 423990, Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers;
  • Retailing downloadable music files and compact discs without producing recordings--are classified in Sector 44-45, Retail Trade;
  • Managing the careers of artists--are classified in Industry 711410, Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures;
  • Producing albums on contract as independent producers--are classified in Industry 711510, Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers; and
  • Producing live musical entertainment (except theatrical musical or opera productions) and independent (i.e., freelance) artists primarily engaged in providing live musical entertainment--are classified in Industry 711130, Musical Groups and Artists.
Index Entries for 512250
512220512220512250512250Integrated record companies (i.e., releasing, promoting, distributing)
512220512220512250512250Integrated record production and distribution
512210512210512250512250Master recording leasing and licensing
512220512220512250512250Musical recording, releasing, promoting, and distributing
512220512220512250512250Prerecorded audio tapes and compact discs integrated manufacture, release, and distribution
512210512210512250512250Record producers (except independent)
512210512210512250512250Record production (except independent record producers) without duplication or distribution
512220512220512250512250Record releasing, promoting, and distributing combined with mass duplication
512220512220512250512250Sound recording, integrated production, reproduction, release, and distribution
512220512220512250512250Sound recording, releasing, promoting, and distributing