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Economics of music streaming

Inquiry

MPs will examine what economic impact music streaming is having on artists, record labels and the sustainability of the wider music industry.

With streaming currently accounting for more than half of the global music industry’s revenue, this inquiry will look at the business models operated by platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play. Music streaming in the UK brings in more than £1 billion in revenue with 114 billion music streams in the last year, however artists can be paid as little as 13% of the income generated.

The Committee will also consider whether the government should be taking action to protect the industry from piracy in the wake of steps taken by the EU on copyright and intellectual property rights. The inquiry is seeking the perspectives of industry experts, artists and record labels as well as streaming platforms themselves.

For further details please see the inquiry's Terms of Reference.

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Oral evidence transcripts

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23 February 2021
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Amazon, Spotify, and Apple Inc
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
OralEvidence
10 February 2021
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Witnesses YouTube, SoundCloud, and Twitch
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
OralEvidence
10 February 2021
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Ivors Academy, and Musicians’ Union
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
OralEvidence
Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Dr Hyojung Sun, Prof. David Hesmondhalgh, and Dr Richard Osborne
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
WrittenEvidence
Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Warner Music UK
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
WrittenEvidence
Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Sony Music UK & Ireland
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
WrittenEvidence