Its’ time for a complete re-set of streaming
Streaming has transformed the way we listen to and discover music. But the law has not kept up with the pace of technological change.
As a result, songwriters and performers are not paid fairly when their music is streamed. That’s why we’re campaigning with the MU, songwriters and artists to #FixStreaming and Keep Music Alive.
In a revolutionary report, the DCMS Select Committee of MPs has called for a “complete reset” of music streaming so that songwriters, composers and artists, who currently receive “pitiful returns”, are fairly rewarded.
This is after months of campaigning and thanks to you and almost 18,000 other songwriters, composers and performers, who called for a music streaming inquiry. The Committee heard in detail how streaming is affecting songwriters, composers and performers.
In the Government’s response to the DCMS Select Committee report they referred the case for a study on the economic dominance of the major music groups to the Competition and Markets Authority, who have launched a market study. We called for this in our evidence to the Select Committee, and it is an important step forwards.
The Government have also established industry groups to look at, and report back on, issues including data management and contract transparency.
The Intellectual Property Office have published research on music creators earnings in the digital era, the most comprehensive study of it’s kind in the UK.
Academy member Kevin Brennan MP brought a Private Member’s Bill to Parliament to introduce many of the measures recommended by the DCMS Select Committee’s report. While it did not get enough votes to proceed at this stage, during the debate Ministers and MPs recognised how music creators need fairer pay through streaming and committed to change – either from the industry or through legislation.
It’s a matter of how, not if, reform takes place.
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