Music + Sound Recording

  • BC is the third largest centre for music production in Canada (after Ontario and Quebec) and has a large and diverse talent pool of artists who are known for producing all genres of music including pop, rock, classical, blues, folk and jazz. Many internationally recognized musicians such as Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, Nickelback and Dianna Krall began their careers in BC and some of these artists still record here.


    There are an estimated 6,425 artists in the province which includes 5,825 singers or musicians and 600 conductors, composers and arrangers.The majority (76%) live in the Lower Mainland, followed by Vancouver Island (12%). Their most important source of revenue is from live performances (39%) followed by sound recordings and merchandise sales (each ranked at 18%).


    BC has 58 independent record labels, the third largest concentration in Canada, and 123 sound recording studios. Other businesses include those that serve live music such as promoters, venue operators and ticket agents, managers and music publishers. Overall, the music industry in BC is comprised of small companies (less than five employees) with the majority (72%) located in the Lower Mainland followed by Vancouver Island (14%).  The industry generates revenue from multiple sources and ranked their top sources as follows: other revenue category (includes licensing music for use in radio, film and television, interactive video games and music video production) followed by live performances and fees for service.

    For more information, refer to the Music Sector Profile that was conducted for Creative BC, with input from Music BC, by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2014.