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User Centric Model Support by Labour Party

We’re delighted that the user centric model of paying out streaming royalties has Labour Party support.

Published: 24 June 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 25 March 2022 | 4:33 PM
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This move follows political lobbying by the MU and grassroots activism by the Broken Record movement.

Speaking to Colin Murray on BBC 5 Live, 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?

"If a musician creates something and it's being used and enjoyed and listened to by people, then through that platform, musicians should be paid for their work," she added.

This follows political lobbying by the MU and grassroots activism by the Broken Record movement led by Tom Gray.

Tom also appeared on the show to talk about streaming, copyright and fair royalties for musicians.

Where user centric fits in

In a joint opinion piece, MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl and Ivors Academy Chair Crispin Hunt look at how user centric can be part of the solution;

"User-centric means that a subscriber’s £10 per month would be paid out on the music they personally streamed.

“At the moment, it is perhaps not well understood by music fans that the money they pay doesn’t go to the music they listen to.

“In fact, as much as 70% could go to the owners of rights in music they never listened to, and this is after the platform have taken their share (around £3 per user)"

Read more from Naomi and Crispin.

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