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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.

Read the key points in an interactive summary of the report.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Second Report - Economics of music streaming
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
HC 50
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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22 March 2021
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Intellectual Property Office
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Oral Evidence
23 February 2021
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Amazon, Spotify, and Apple Inc
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Oral Evidence
10 February 2021
Inquiry Economics of music streaming
Witnesses YouTube, Soundcloud, and Twitch
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Oral Evidence
EMS0188 - Economics of music streaming
Witnesses UK Music
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Written Evidence
EMS0293 - Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Transcripts of roundtables with emerging artists
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Written Evidence
EMS0292 - Economics of music streaming
Witnesses Phonographic Performance Ltd
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Written Evidence

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