Musical Instrument Stores Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 7/1/2024
SIC Codes: 5736
NAICS Codes: 45914
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Companies in this industry sell new musical instruments, sheet music, and related supplies from physical retail locations; some also offer musical instrument repair, rental, and music instruction. Major companies include Guitar Center, Numark, Sam Ash Music, and Schmitt Music (all based in the US), as well as Shimamura Music and Yamano Music (both based in Japan), and Thomann (Germany).

The market is forecast to grow by about $1.9 billion at a 3.85% compound annual growth rate during the 2023-2027 forecast period, according to Technavio. The major trend in the market is driven by the rising popularity of online stores. The North American market contributes about 40% of the market growth.

The US musical instrument stores industry includes about 3,500 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $5 billion.


Consumer income and changes in musical tastes drive demand for musical instruments. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective merchandising. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in personalized service or high-end instruments. The US industry is concentrated: the 20 largest companies account for about half of industry revenue.


Major products include musical instruments and accessories (about 85%). Other sources of revenue include pianos and organs at about 10%.

Musical instrument stores include full-line stores and specialty stores such as keyboard, school band music, and ...

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