CMU TIMELINE

DCMS Economics Of Streaming Inquiry

Tracking the DCMS select committee’s Economics Of Music Streaming Inquiry




In October 2020 the Digital Culture Media & Sport Select Committee in the UK Parliament announced an inquiry into the economics of music streaming. You can access official committee posts and CMU resources relevant to this inquiry – and follow our coverage of it – via this CMU timeline.



DISSECTING THE DIGITAL DOLLAR

The Music Managers Forum in the UK and CMU Insights have been investigating and debating the economics of music streaming through the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ project for the last five years. You can access some key outputs from that work here…

Dissecting The Digital Dollar: Executive Summary

Dissecting The Digital Dollar: The Book


Digital Dollar Guide: Deals Guide

Digital Dollar Guide: Transparency Guide

Digital Dollar Guide: Song Royalties Guide


FROM THE CMU LIBRARY

Fully get to grips with the complexities of digital licensing and the various digital dollar debates with these guides from CMU Trends and two recent special editions of the Setlist podcast…

CMU Trends: Digital Music Market In Ten Steps

CMU Trends: Digital Dollar In Ten Steps

CMU Trends: Streaming Challenges In Ten Step


Setlist: Things people get wrong about streaming – Part One

Setlist: Things people get wrong about streaming – Part Two



OFFICIAL UPDATES

Announcements from the select committee in relation to this inquiry and recordings of the oral hearings – check out more here.


October 2020

DCMS Committee examine impact of streaming on future of the music industry


November 2020

Radiohead and Elbow members to give evidence to MPs on the impact of streaming

First oral hearing on Tuesday 24 Nov 2020


December 2020

Statement from Chair Julian Knight: Economics of music streaming inquiry

Singer-songwriter Nile Rodgers to give evidence to MPs on impact of music streaming

Second oral hearing on Tuesday 8 Dec 2020


January 2021

MPs call in top record labels Sony, Warner and Universal in music streaming inquiry

Third oral hearing on Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Committee publishes industry-wide evidence in music streaming inquiry

Independent record sector questioned on impact of streaming


February 2021

Fourth oral hearing on Thursday 4 Feb 2021

Committee to question online platforms as part of their inquiry on the economics of music streaming

Fifth oral hearing on Wednesday 10 Feb 2021

Spotify, Apple and Amazon to face questions from MPs in music streaming inquiry

Sixth oral hearing on Tuesday 23 Feb 2021


March 2021

Ministers to face MPs in music streaming inquiry

Seventh oral hearing on Monday 22 Mar 2021



CMU COVERAGE

Updates on the inquiry and its hearings from CMU – sign to the CMU Daily and Setlist podcast for all the latest news.


May 2020

Musicians’ Union and Ivors Academy call for government intervention to “fix streaming”


October 2020

Parliament’s culture select committee to investigate the economics of music streaming

Setlist: Parliament probes the economics of streaming


November 2020

Performer ER in the spotlight at first parliamentary hearing on the economics of music streaming

Setlist: Artists tell MPs streaming is “threatening the future of music”


December 2020

Culture select committee chair says he will name and shame anyone trying to stop artists from speaking out about streaming

Performer ER certain to be debated once again at second parliamentary hearing on streaming

Ivors Academy calls for regulation of major music firms and new data standards as Parliament again considers the economics of streaming


January 2021

Labels expected to argue against ER on streams at tomorrow’s select committee hearing

BPI cautions against radically changing a streaming model that is “working well for so many”

Major labels face tough questions and frank criticism at latest Parliamentary session on the economics of streaming

Artist and songwriter groups respond to major label statements at select committee streaming inquiry


February 2021

Indie labels in the spotlight as Parliament’s economics of streaming inquiry continues

MU and Ivors say they are optimistic of “fairer deal” as Parliament’s streaming inquiry proceeds

Safe harbour in the spotlight as tech platforms questioned as part of Parliament’s streaming inquiry

Spotify, Apple and Amazon face MPs in Parliament’s ongoing inquiry into streaming


March 2021

Setlist: The music business year so far

Major label dominance and making available back in the spotlight at final Parliamentary session on streaming



DISSECTING THE STREAMING INQUIRY

We have reviewed and dissected written submissions made to the inquiry, breaking everything down into the ten key topics and issues covered. You can check our overview of those topics here. Below we review in more detail what key submissions said about each of those issues.


#01: The big picture view
Submission: CMU


#02: The artist / label split
Submission: BPI
Submission: IFPI
Submission: MMF/FAC
Submission: BMG


#03: The recording / song split
Submission: IMRO
Submission: IMPF
Submission: BMG
Submission: The Ivors Academy
Submission: Hipgnosis Songs Fund


#04: Equitable remuneration
Submission: #brokenrecord
Submission: MU
Submission: MMF/FAC


#05: User-centric royalty distribution
Submission: Hipgnosis Songs Fund
Submission: BMG
Submission: MU
Submission: Will Page
Submission: AIM
Submission: AIM supplementary
Submission: ERA


#06: Transparency
Submission: Ivors Academy
Submission: ISM
Submission: MU
Submission: MMF/FAC


#07: Music rights data
Submission: Ivors Academy
Submission: YouTube


#08: Royalty chains
Submission: MMF/FAC


#09: Safe harbour
Submission: BPI
Submission: IFPI
Submission: AIM
Submission: IMPF
Submission: Ivors Academy
Submission: YouTube
Submission: Council Of Music Makers


#10: Curation and algorithms
Submission: Beggars Group
Submission: state51
Submission: NMC
Submission: BMG
Submission: Ivors Academy


Extra: More from the majors
Submission: Universal Music
Submission: Sony Music
Submission: Warner Music



Last updated: March 2021