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SXSW Music 2014

Record Stores Are Dead. Long Live Record Stores.

For all the talk of how declining physical music sales are killing independent retail, nobody is mentioning the rise of the niche record stores from coast to coast. While the chains continue to let their market share slip through their fingers in the music world, who are this new crop of music retailers that are quietly, but effectively, putting passion and excitement back into the physical music buying experience?

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  1. How has the face of music retail changed in the last 5 years?
  2. What does the steady decline of music sales at the chain level and rise of independent and non-traditional sales indicate about the music buying experience at the consumer level?
  3. How can the resurgence of vinyl be attributed to the rise of new retail stores?
  4. What steps do record labels and distributors need to take to help foster the growth of new retail outlets?
  5. What key factors and statistics should labels, artists and distributors use to help anticipate the continued evolution and remapping of the traditional music retail climate?



Hank Stockard, Sales Manager, Redeye Distribution

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  • Tags: retail, distribution
  • Event: Music
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Retail/Physical Product
  • Track 2
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