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It's Time to Fix Streaming and Keep Music Alive

Call on Government to put the value of music back where it belongs – in your hands.

80%* musicians and music creators who earn less than £200 a year from streaming*
92%* ell us that less than 5% of their earnings came from streaming*
£150m* estimated earnings of Universal head Lucian Grainge in 2021**

* Source: * A poll by The Ivors Academy and Musicians’ Union 2020 **The Guardian

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2023 End of Year Round Up

MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl reports back on the work that the Union has done through 2023, as well as setting out some of MU’s intentions for 2024, and more general food for thought about the music industry.

Published: 30 December 2023

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Naomi Pohl and the UK Music Delegation outside 10 Downing Street this week to discuss the impact of AI on the music industry.

MU General Secretary Summer Update

MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl looks at your rights and AI, developments in the Fix Streaming campaign, and how we’re negotiating the best rates for members.

Published: 07 September 2023

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Read the MU General Secretary Speech From 2023’s Delegate Conference

In her opening speech at this year’s MU Delegate Conference, General Secretary Naomi Pohl describes how the Union is making progress in negotiations, campaigning and lobbying – and how we are improving what we do for members all the time. Read her full speech below.

Published: 25 July 2023

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Fair Pay Industry Working Group

MU Welcomes Music Streaming Fair Pay Industry Working Group

Government is establishing an industry working group to explore fair pay for musicians and music creators from streaming in a win for the Fix Streaming campaign.

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BBC Radio 4 Today

"Our industry is broken and we're asking the government to help us fix it" - Tom Gray of @gomeztheband on their #BrokenRecord campaign to ask for more equitable returns from music streaming services.

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@CommonsDCMS ‘A letter sent to Boris Johnson sees a who's who of British musicians backing #BrokenRecord including @PaulMcCartney, Annie Lennox, @coldplay, @JimmyPage, @RobertPlant, @KateBushMusic, @lilyallen, Damon Albarn, @NoelGallagher & more..’

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More than 150 of the UK’s biggest artists have written to the PM calling for reform the current, broken system of music streaming. @UKLabour have long argued musicians should benefit more from their work. The government should listen to these calls and take action.

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A fabulous thread by @MrTomGray that all session musicians and singers should 👀 and thereafter sign the #BrokenRecord / #FixStreaming / #KeepMusicAlive Petition.

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Tom Gray

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

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Further Success for Fix Streaming Campaign

IPO Announces New Metadata Code and Remuneration Working Group

The MU and the UK Council of Music Makers welcomes the Intellectual Property Office’s announcement of a new voluntary code to improve metadata and transparency for music creators in another milestone for Fix Streaming.

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The Trade Unionist Campaigning For Fairer Streaming: #FixStreaming on Drowned in Sound Podcast

MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl appears on the podcast to explain the MU’s role in the process of changing the law, and discusses the wider challenges to be faced over the coming months and years in relation to #FixStreaming.

She goes into particular detail on the wide-ranging Government enquiry into music streaming, and how it’s looking into the current music streaming landscape - including the payment structures and methods used by music streaming platforms, as well as the challenges faced by musicians in receiving appropriate compensation from the platforms and their labels.

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Naomi Pohl

General Secretary

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Jenny Goodwin

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Mark Taylor

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