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Ministers to face MPs in music streaming inquiry

17 March 2021

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will question Ministers from two Government departments in the final session of the economics of music streaming inquiry.

Witnesses

Monday 22 March - remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 4pm

  • Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Digital and Culture, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Robert Specterman-Green, Director of Media and Creative Industries, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Tim Moss, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office

Purpose of the session

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.

DCMS Minister Caroline Dinenage and BEIS Minister Amanda Solloway will be asked to address a range of issues that have been raised across the inquiry including how streaming payments are split, artists’ deals with record labels, the market dominance of major music groups, and copyright law.

The inquiry

The inquiry has heard from streaming platforms Spotify, Apple and Amazon, transcript and video. Online platform YouTube has also given evidence. Representatives of the UK’s independent music sector and senior executives from major record labels Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music also appeared before MPs.

Artists and performers who have given evidence include songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers in the second session and 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.  

The DCMS Committee’s inquiry into the economics of streaming was launched on 15 October 2020.

Further information

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