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Have your say in Select Committee Inquiry on music streaming

MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee want to know how the economics of music streaming are affecting you.

This follows five months of campaigning by The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union, and may be the biggest opportunity we will collectively get to make the case for a fairer deal for songwriters, composers, and performers.

Have your say so that together we can fix streaming and keep music alive.

Have your say the most effective way

Wherever you are in your career, the inquiry wants to hear from you.

If you’re not sure what to say, take a look at our tips on what the inquiry is looking for, making your case as strong as possible, and ideas that we think will fix streaming and keep music alive.

Got 5 minutes?

Email the DCMS Select Committee at cmscom@parliament.uk in support of The Ivors Academy’s submission. If you’re not sure what to say, here’s a template you can use as a starting point.

Remember to add how the economics of music streaming affect your personally – it could make all the difference.

I am writing to support The Ivors Academy submission to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming.

They make six key points:

  1. The streaming model must be equitable, fair, transparent, efficient, and pro-creator.
  2. It must value the songwriter and performer contribution to streaming more highly.
  3. It must include checks on the dominance of major music corporations on streaming marketing, licensing and distribution of streaming royalties.
  4. It must stop information being hidden that enables conflicts of interest and prevents creators and performers understanding what they’re being paid and why.
  5. It must include modernised royalty distribution systems to stop bad and missing metadata, and mis-allocated payments.
  6. It must create the strongest environment for UK creators and ensuring UK songwriters, composers and performers do not fall behind on basic rights and protections.

[Use this space to explain who you are, what you do, how the economics of music streaming affect you, and how the six points above would help you]

Got thirty minutes or more?

Give your own evidence to the inquiry through the DCMS Select Committee website.

Take a look at our tips on what the inquiry is looking for, making your case as strong as possible, and ideas that we think will fix streaming and keep music alive.

You can submit evidence until Friday 11 December.

An earlier call for evidence closed on Monday 16 November. Evidence submitted after this date might not arrive in time to be used in early verbal evidence sessions or identify people for the Committee to talk to, but it could be used in the final report.

Your frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about the inquiry, what it is, why it matters, or how to have your say?

Take a look at our Streaming Inquiry FAQs.

If you still have questions, ask us on Twitter @IvorsAcademy and @WeAreTheMU.

Spread the word

The more songwriters, composers, and performers who share their experiences, the more chance we have of our collective voice being heard. We’re up against some powerful interest groups who will argue that streaming is working– but we have the community of music and fans on our side.

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If you’re not sure what to say, here are some ideas to get you started:

– I’ve given evidence to the @CommonsDCMS inquiry into music streaming. Have you? Answer their five questions before Friday 11 December #FixStreaming #KeepMusicAlive

– Please give evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry. Together we can #FixStreaming and #KeepMusicAlive!

– Are you thinking about sending something in to the Select Committee inquiry on music streaming? The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union have released a guide to answering the questions and key asks to #FixStreaming and #KeepMusicAlive

Remember to use the hashtags #FixStreaming and #KeepMusicAlive.

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