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Record Label Business Plan Template [2020 Updated]

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V. Competitive Analysis


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Direct & Indirect Competitors

The following independent alternative rock record labels most directly compete with [Company Name]:

Fueled By Ramen

Fueled By Ramen is a record label based in New York City with an office in Tampa, Florida.

In 1998, Fueled By Ramen released a self-titled EP from Jimmy Eat World, a five-song collection that proved a breakthrough for both the label and the Arizona-based band. With increased distribution demands and a rise in radio play, Fueled By Ramen set up its first real office space that same year.

In 2004, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz introduced Fueled By Ramen to fellow Chicago rock outfit The Academy Is… who released their acclaimed debut album Almost Here, the following year.

In 2007 the label opened an office in midtown Manhattan and that same year Paramore’s album Riot! debuted in the Billboard Top 20, was certified gold and has recently gained platinum status. Panic at the Disco’s second album enjoyed similar success, debuting at number #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, selling over 139,000 copies its first week and making it the fastest-selling album in the label’s history.

The following artists are currently signed to Fueled By Ramen:

  • The Academy Is…
  • The Cab
  • Cobra Starship
  • Cute Is What We Aim For
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Forgive Durden
  • The Friday Night Boys
  • Gym Class Heroes
  • The Hush Sound
  • Panic at the Disco
  • Paramore
  • Powerspace
  • A Rocket to the Moon
  • This Providence
  • VersaEmerge

Caroline Records

Caroline Records started out as a subsidiary of Richard Branson’s Virgin Records label during the early to mid 1970s. The label originally specialized in putting out budget price LPs by mainly progressive rock and jazz artists generally not considered to have a great deal of ‘mainstream’ or commercial appeal, but were often however creatively of great interest.

The first release on the label, and the artist who gave it its name, was Carol Grimes’ ‘Warm Blood’ LP, released in 1974. The original label was a photographic style variation on that of the Virgin label’s “Twins” logo designed by Roger Dean.

Both the U.S. and U.K. branches of Caroline Records are subsidiaries of Caroline Music, which includes Caroline Distribution and is in turn owned by EMI. Caroline has or had a number of subsidiary labels including Astralwerks, Gyroscope, Caroline Blue Plate, Rocks the World, Scamp, and Passenger.

Competitive Advantage

[Company Name] enjoys several advantages over its competitors. These advantage include:

  • Location: [Company Name]’s location is within New York City giving it better proximity to NY alternative rock bands and the throngs of customers who enjoy this genre of music.
  • Management: Our management team has years of business and marketing experience that allows us to market and serve both music artist and consumers in a much more sophisticated manner than our competitors.
  • Relationships: Having been a part of the local alternative rock community for the past 5 years, [Founder’s Name] knows all of the local leaders, media and other influences. As such, it will be relatively easy for us to build branding and awareness of our independent record label.
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