2009 Nashville Studio Survey
The 2009 Nashville Recording Studio Survey focused on two primary research questions:
What threats to survivability are Nashville-area studio owners and managers seeing?
What are studio owners and managers doing to overcome these threats?
What external factors make it hard for recording studio owners and managers to keep their studios open?
Threat to Survivability
|Advent of Home Recording||34%|
|General Economic Malaise in the
Music Business and the World-Wide Economy
|Decrease in Record Production Budgets||11%|
|Decline in Musician Quality and
What is Being Done to
|Lowering Rates Charged to Clients||14%|
|Increasing Marketing Efforts||14%|
|Offering Services Home
Recording Studios Do Not
|Offering “Package Deals”||11%|
|Increasing the Types of Work
Done at Facility
- About half of all recording facilities in the Nashville, Tennessee area are single-studio facilities, and less than one-third are larger than a two-studio facility.
- Recording facilities have been in business, on average, for 15 years. The oldest facility (35 years of operation) was also one of the largest surveyed.
- Almost half of owners and managers stated that independent artists were their primary type of client.
- Less than one-third of the studios in the survey offer 24-track analog recording. 90% say they offer DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) formats, such as Pro Tools, Cubase, or Logic.
- One-quarter of respondents stated that their facility grossed less than $50,000 last year.
What is the Nashville Recording Studio Survey?
The Nashville Recording Studio Survey is committed to provide current, unbiased, and trust-worthy data on the recording studio business in the Nashville area.
The survey is conducted once per year under the direction of Principal Investigator James E. Hearn. Mr. Hearn welcomes any and all comments regarding the issues covered and questions asked. The Principal Investigator, will, however, formulate the survey in a way as to be unbiased and completely anonymous.
Also available are the press releases for the 2007 & 2008 surveys. It summarizes the findings from the previous years of research on the health of the recording studio industry in the Nashville area.