NAICS Code 512230 Description

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in acquiring and registering copyrights for musical compositions in accordance with law and promoting and authorizing the use of these compositions in recordings, radio, television, motion pictures, live performances, print, or other media. Establishments in this industry represent the interests of the songwriter or other owners of musical compositions to produce revenues from the use of such works, generally through licensing agreements. These establishments may own the copyright or act as administrator of the music copyrights on behalf of copyright owners. Publishers of music books and sheet music are included in this industry.

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NAICS Code 512230 - Music Publishers is a final level code of the “Information” Sector. There are 473 companies verified as active in this industry in the USA with an estimated employment of 7,278 people.

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Maximum 750 Employees

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Industry Examples of NAICS 512230

Common types of examples within NAICS Code 512230 - Music Publishers are:

  • Music book (i.e., bound sheet music) publishers
  • Music book (i.e., bound sheet music) publishers and printing combined
  • Music copyright authorizing use
  • Music copyright buying and licensing
  • Music publishers
  • Music, sheet, publishers and printing combined
  • Publishers, music
  • Sheet music publishers
  • Sheet music publishers and printing combined
  • Song publishers
  • Song publishers and printing combined

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For some business types, there may be a similar industry to NAICS Code 512230 - Music Publishers that is a better classification match. Establishments primarily engaged as independent songwriters who act as their own publishers are classified in NAICS Code - 711510 - Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers..

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Questions & Answers

  • What is the SBA size standard for NAICS 512230?

    Businesses up to 750 Employees in size are considered small businesses by SBA.

  • How many active businesses operate in NAICS Code 512230?

    There are 473 verified business locations operating primarily in this industry.

  • What was the total revenue for NAICS Code 512230?

    In 2017 the total revenue for Music Publishers was $4,677,184,000

  • What was the annual payroll for NAICS Code 512230?

    In 2017 the annual payroll for Music Publishers was $512,354,000

  • How many people work in NAICS Code 512230?

    The number of reported paid employees is 7,278.