4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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The only comprehensive study of music activity by the ABS was undertaken in the mid 1990s. The 1995-96 ABS Business of Music Survey found that there were:

  • 73 music publishing businesses
  • 153 record companies and distributors
  • 23 manufacturers of recorded music
  • 113 businesses which collectively managed a total of 248 musical entities
  • 292 sound recording businesses.

The survey did not collect information on music retailers. However, the 1998-99 Retail Industry Survey found that there were 358 businesses involved in recorded music retailing in June 1999, and these operated a total of 661 stores.

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