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Dissecting The Digital Dollar

By | Last Updated: July 2020

CMU Insights has been working with the UK’s Music Managers Forum for five years dissecting the digital dollar – helping managers understand how the complex streaming music business works. This research has resulted in a number of reports and guides plus the ‘Digital Dollar’ book. 

The book brings together all this research in one place to explain how the music industry has licensed the digital platforms and how digital royalties flow through the system. It also provides a beginner’s guide to music copyright, record and publishing contracts, and the collective licensing system, all of which have impacted on the streaming music business and the way digital licences are structured. 

You can download the Executive Summary of the book for free below and order your copy of the full book from Amazon. 


The Third Edition of ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ was published in July 2020, updated to include all the latest market trends, industry debates and copyright reforms. 

At the launch of the new edition CMU’s Chris Cooke looked back at the last five years in streaming – and considered what might happen in the next five – identifying five key trends and debates along the way. You can watch that presentation below or read it on his Medium channel here.

For more information about the Digital Dollar project CLICK HERE.