Insights DCMS Select Committee publishes industry-wide evidence in music streaming inquiry


The Committee has published more than 150 pieces of written evidence in the economics of music streaming inquiry, giving an industry-wide perspective on the impact of streaming and business models operated by platforms.

The Committee says that submissions come from musicians, composers, songwriters, producers, performers, platforms, fans and academics, including an economist who is a consultant to industry leaders. Spotify also submitted evidence. Organisations that have submitted evidence include the Musicians’ Union, the International Federation of Musicians, a number of independent record labels, and the BBC.

The inquiry is considering the economic impact of streaming on artists and the sustainability of the wider music industry. It is examining the business models operated by streaming platforms and will take evidence from major platforms at a future session.

Last week, senior executives from record labels Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music faced questions from MPs in the third session of its inquiry. Other evidence sessions have heard from artists and performers, among them songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers in the second session, and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and soloist Nadine Shah at the first hearing. To read the Committee’s announcement in full and to access the submissions and evidence from the inquiry sessions, click here.