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We Can Fix Streaming and Keep Music Alive

We campaigned for a Government review, but the battle to fix streaming is not over yet. Look out for more updates in 2021.

17K people signed the petition for a Government review
1 inquiry started because you called for it
2021 the year it could all change

We can fix music streaming

Thank you to everyone who gave evidence and emailed in support of the MU submission to the music streaming inquiry. It really does make a difference – your experiences are key to getting action and creating change. The Musicians’ Union and The Ivors Academy will be doing more on this in the New Year, so look out for more opportunities to get involved and be sure your voice is heard.

Naomi PohlMU Deputy General Secretary

What happened so far

Earlier in 2020, songwriters, composers and performers started sharing how little they got from streaming using the hashtag #BrokenRecord.

The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union started campaigning for a Government review - and over 17,000 of you backed the call.

Press picked it up, including the Guardian, Pitchfork, Wired, and BBC Radio 5 Live. They’re still going too - catch up with #BrokenRecord founder Tom Gray and MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl speaking to Ed Miliband and Goeff Lloyd on Reasons to be Cheerful.

More people started speaking out. Speaking to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, Tasmin Little OBE explained how she gets 5 to 6 million streams over six months, with 755,000 monthly listeners, and gets paid just £12.34 for it.

Politicians were listening too – the Labour Party made user centric party policy, and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select committee called for a Government review...

... before launching their own in Autumn this year.

As part of that, they invited creators and industry experts to give evidence in person – including Nile Rodgers, Tom Gray, Guy Garvey and Nadine Shah.

They explained how successful artists and creators are struggling to pay rent, and backed equitable remuneration.  

And they made the case for more transparency, user centric, and increasing the value of the song.

Plus many more gave evidence using the Ivors Academy and Musicians' Union's guide, and emailed in support.

We campaigned for a Government review, but the battle to fix streaming is not over yet. Look out for more updates in 2021.

Join the conversation

Why the music industry HAS to change and why it has to change now. A thread. Stick with it!

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“ It pays artists and song writers very badly" @KTTunstall explains why she thinks music streaming needs to change. Find out more about BBC Rethink 👉

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Do you listen to us on @Spotify? We get 75,000+ plays a month. For that we earn less than a fiver. Yes, that’s <£5. For the whole band. It’s taking the piss on a monumental scale. If you want to #KeepMusicAlive we need to #FixStreaming now. Pls sign and RT the petition👇👇🙏🙏

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In the last 6-month period I earned £40.22 for all my streams on Spotify. ('Groove It Out' is my most streamed track at 1.2 million streams.) Making music is not sustainable at these rates, YouTube is even worse. Sign the petition if you want to #FixStreaming + keep music alive.

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Latest news

Sweet Streams Aren't Made of this: #FixStreaming on Reasons to be Cheerful Podcast

Music streaming has made it easier than ever to listen to our favourite artists, but too many musicians earn next to nothing from it. Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloys chat to Naomi Pohl from the Musicians’ Union and Tom Gray from the Broken Record campaign about fixing problems with the industry.

Streaming royalties

User Centric Model Supported by Labour Party

Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jo Stevens said "The Labour Party position is that we support this. Why should it be any different for musicians than it is for any other professional trade?"

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The team

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Horace Trubridge

General Secretary

MU Secretariat

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Naomi Pohl

Deputy General Secretary

MU Secretariat

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Keith Ames

PR and Marketing Official

MU National Office

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Maddy Radcliff

Campaigns and Social Media Official

MU National Office

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Graham Davies


The Ivors Avademy

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Jenny Goodwin

Research & Campaign Consultant

The Ivors Academy

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Julia Rowan

Policy Co-ordinator

The Ivors Academy

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Mark Taylor

Director of Membership, Marketing & Communications

The Ivors Academy