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Music Industry Research Association

About Us

Who We Are


The Music Industry Research Association (MIRA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit bringing together a cross-section of researchers, academics, and industry professionals to study critical issues in the music industry.  MIRA supports and promotes social science research that focuses on critical issues affecting the music industry.  MIRA consists of Economists, Sociologists, Psychologists and other social scientists involved in research on the music industry, broadly defined.  MIRA also helps disseminate research findings to a wider audience beyond the research community.   

Our 2018 Conference


The MIRA conference was held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles on June 25th and 26th.  The Village has been a special place in recording for more than 40 years and was thus an ideal venue for music industry professionals and scholar to take a deep dive into current issues facing the industry.

The program and videos of each session are available here.

Inaugural MIRA Survey of Musicians


To further our understanding of the music industry, the Music Industry Research Association (MIRA) and the Princeton University Survey Research Center, in partnership with MusiCares, conducted a survey of 1,227 musicians in the U.S. in 2018. This report summarizes key findings, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that musicians face. 

The report is available here. It's been covered by Rolling Stone, Noisey and Pitchfork. The articles are in our news section here