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Independent record sector questioned on impact of streaming

29 January 2021

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hear from British indie record company Beggars Group, the record label Jazz Re:freshed and AIM, the umbrella organisation that represents the UK’s independent music sector.


Thursday 4 February, 2.30pm

  • Paul Pacifico, CEO, Association of Independent Music (AIM)
  • Rupert Skellett, General Counsel, Beggars Group
  • Yvette Griffith, Co-CEO and Executive Director, Jazz Re:freshed

Purpose of the session

Previously the committee has heard from senior executives of major record labels Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music. This session will consider the position of independent labels in competing for deals with streaming services. 

Economics of music streaming

MPs are examining the production and licensing of streamed music and considering underlying issues which have led to calls for a review of the distribution of streaming revenues in a more equitable way.

The inquiry will take evidence from major platforms at a future session.

Artists and performers who have given evidence to the inquiry include songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien, Elbow front man Guy Garvey and soloist Nadine Shah.

Statement from the Chair

In December, Committee Chair Julian Knight released a statement concerning potential witnesses who might be deterred from coming forward because of fears that action would be taken against them.  

Further information

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