Category Archives: Surveys

Music Sales Hit All-Time High in 2012

According to the Nielsen Company & Billboard’s 2012 Music Industry Report, U.S. music sales surpassed 1.65 billion unit transactions last year, up 3.1 percent compared to 2011.  Digital album sales increased by 14.10 percent, and digital track sales rose by 5.1 percent. Sales of physical music (CDs, LPs and tapes) fell by 12.8 percent.

Nielsen’s Senior VP of Client Development David Bakula said, “Digital Album sales are up 14.1% and Digital Track sales are up 5.1%, but despite being down 12.8%, physical is still the dominant album format.”

Adele’s album “21” was the best selling album for the second consecutive year, and  Gotye’s “Sombody that I Used to Know” Ft. Kimbra was digitally streamed 45,062,000 times.

Read the entire report.

Many audiophiles say there’s no comparison between the sound quality produced by vinyl recordings and other recording media, including tape and digital. Which do you prefer?  Let us know by posting a comment below.

Best Communities for Music Education

There are only a couple of days left to participate in NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey: Amid a backdrop of arts education budget cuts, now more than ever, a “Best Communities for Music Education” designation can help sustain and grow your music program.

The NAMM Foundation annually recognizes schools across the U.S. that support music education and provide opportunities for children and young people to learn and grow with music. Their survey has been conducted annually since 1998.

The Survey: It’s online NOW for schools and school districts, and will be available until March 13, 2011.

The List: The projected announcement of the BCME final roster is Monday, May 2, 2011.

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The Choir & the Community

Is your choir in a community that supports the arts, and supports your music program? If so, you might want to fill out a nationwide survey that searches for communities whose [music] programs exemplify commitment to music education.

Once analyzed, your school or school district might be listed as an official NAMM Best Community for Music Education.

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What you need to know:

NAMM: The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry.

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The NAMM Foundation:  A non-profit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

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Best Communities for Music Education (BCME): Amid a backdrop of arts education budget cuts, the NAMM Foundation continues its effort to recognize schools across the U.S. that support music education and provide opportunities for children and young people to learn and grow with music. Their survey has been conducted annually since 1998.

The List: The projected announcement of the BCME final roster is Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Choral Cache Thursdays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!