Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Chris Martin are amongst 156 individuals who have penned a letter to Boris Johnson asking for an overhaul of the streaming business.
Along with the Musicians’ Union in affiliation with the Ivors Academy and the #BrokenRecord marketing campaign, the music stars are calling for a minor change to the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, which is able to enable “the worth of music” to be put “again the place it belongs – within the palms of music makers.”
The letter addressed to the British Prime Minister comes amid an inquiry hosted by the UK’s Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Choose Committee into the monetary affect the present mannequin is having on artists, document labels and extra.
The letter – which has additionally been signed by the likes of Kate Bush, Wolf Alice and Damon Albarn – states that streaming platforms have “not stored up with the tempo of technological change and, in consequence, performers and songwriters don’t take pleasure in the identical protections as they do in radio.”
It insists that “solely two phrases want to vary within the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act…in order that in the present day’s performers obtain a share of revenues, identical to they take pleasure in in radio.”
And that the proposed change “received’t value the taxpayer a penny however will put extra money within the pockets of UK taxpayers and lift revenues for public providers just like the NHS.”
Horace Trubridge, Normal Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, commented: “I’m delighted to see so many artists, performers and songwriters backing our name. Streaming is changing radio so musicians ought to get the identical safety when their work is performed on streaming platforms as they get when it’s performed on radio.
“As the entire world has moved on-line throughout the pandemic, musicians who write, document and carry out for a dwelling have been let down by a legislation that merely hasn’t stored up with the tempo of technological change. Listeners can be horrified to find out how little artists and musicians earn from streaming once they pay their subscriptions.
“By tightening up the legislation in order that streaming pays like radio, we’ll put streaming revenue again the place it belongs – within the palms of artists. It’s their music so the revenue generated from it ought to go into their palms.”
Many stars, together with Tim Burgess, Ed O’Brien and Paul Weller have been talking out on the difficulty.
In the meantime, Nile Rodgers beforehand slammed streaming platforms for creating an unhealthy deal with chart music.
The 68-year-old star instructed the inquiry that streaming is having a detrimental affect on the business, warning that it has positioned a extreme pressure on area of interest genres.
He stated: “We would by no means have a Kate Bush or a David Bowie in in the present day’s music ecology, as a result of it’s totally threat averse.
“You make songs for playlists, you aren’t taking the unimaginable musical dangers that Bowie may need taken years in the past.”