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Spotify, Apple and Amazon to face questions from MPs in music streaming inquiry

17 February 2021

Senior executives from streaming platforms Spotify, Apple and Amazon appear before MPs next week in the final session of the economics of music streaming inquiry.

Purpose of the session

The session is expected to focus on streaming revenues, alternative business models,the relationship with the music industry and how listener data is used. It will also consider how platforms respond to competition from online platform YouTube, which gave evidence earlier this month.

Digital and Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage who was to appear before MPs will now appear at a future date.

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

Previous sessions

The inquiry has heard from the UK’s independent music sector while an earlier session took evidence from senior executives of major record labels Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music.  

Artists and performers who have given evidence include songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers in the second session, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and soloist Nadine Shah at the first hearing.  

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.

Witnesses

Tuesday 23 February 

At 3.15pm 

  • Horacio Gutierrez, Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Spotify
  • Elena Segal, Global Senior Director of Music Publishing, Apple Inc
  • Paul Firth, Director of International Music, Amazon

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