Music Business

The Annual Music Business Slowdown Is Imminent

While the holidays are certainly still a busy time for everyone, the music industry will soon enter its annual seasonal slowdown, as music business professionals exit their offices for a little time off.


Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix

Every December, music professionals everywhere do the unthinkable: They take time off.

With Thanksgiving behind us and a seemingly endless amount of ‘best of’ lists making the rounds online, 2019 is coming to an end. Soon there will be holiday shows, an appearance from Santa, holiday sales, and one or two crazy reunion gigs that happen just before the ball drop at midnight on January 1, 2020. A new decade will then begin, and what comes next is anyone’s guess.

December is a strange time for music professionals, but a good one as well. Every year, from the third week of December through the first or second week of January, the industry experiences what many people call ‘the industry slowdown.’ During this time, offices close, unimportant emails are ignored, and professionals everywhere do the one thing they rarely do: They take time off.

Yes, the industry slowdown is an unspoken agreement amongst the biggest names in music that provides space for reflection and relaxation before another busy year begins. It is a cherished tradition that continues in the digital age despite consumers’ constant demand for fresh content and ideas. We at Haulix take it very seriously, and many of our peers do as well. We’ll let Music Biz host James Shotwell explain the rest:

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