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Government Responds to Parliamentary Questions on the Fix Streaming Campaign

Minister Caroline Dinenage MP has responded to parliamentary questions on Fix Streaming, saying the Government “recognises that it is important that artists are fairly remunerated for their work.”

Published: 16 June 2021 | 10:05 AM Updated: 17 June 2021 | 2:46 PM
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Replying to the questions from Kevin Brennan MP, Dinenage highlighted the importance of “robust evidence.”

Dinenage also said that the Government is “aware of the concerns that have been raised recently with regards to musicians’ incomes, including the open letter to the Prime Minister from artists and songwriters.”

“We will be happy to consider any meeting requests from interested stakeholders as appropriate,” she added.

The need for evidence

Replying to the questions from Kevin Brennan MP, Dinenage highlighted the importance of “robust evidence.”

This includes all of your submissions to the Select Committee inquiry on the economic impact of music streaming, and your contributions to the creators’ earnings research earlier this year, and our thanks go to all members who got involved.

You can still have your say – share your experiences on Twitter using the hashtags #FixStreaming and #BrokenRecord.

Our letters are reaching Ministers

Answering a second question from Kevin Brennan MP, Dinenage confirmed that the Government has received the first letter signed by Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney and Kate Bush.

The letter was organised by the Musicians’ Union in conjunction with #BrokenRecord led by artist, songwriter and MU member Tom Gray, and our Fix Streaming partners The Ivors Academy.

A second letter was sent on Monday 7 June, signed by 78 more of music’s great and good including The Rolling Stones, Pet Shop Boys, Yoko Ono and Emeli Sandé. The letter received extensive press coverage in the UK and the US, and we look forward to the response from the Government.

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