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'Covid-19 Is A Watershed Moment': How Musicians Are Waging A War On Streaming Platforms From Lockdown

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23.05.2020

“You’ve probably heard how bad streaming is before,” sighs Tom Gray of Mercury Prize-winning band Gomez. “That’s why I called this campaign #BrokenRecord.”

Lockdown has been financially challenging for most of us, but musicians have had it disproportionately bad. After losing the ability to perform live in front of audiences, (although there is a movement for paid gigs from lockdown emerging), it’s fair to say most of their income has been decimated.

Without gig revenue, and the add-on profits made at the merchandise stand, artists have to rely on music sales - and in 2020, the majority of music is either consumed for free online or paid for via streaming platforms.

The trouble is, and this won’t come as a surprise to most music lovers, streaming platforms are notoriously tight with the purse strings.

According to artists like Tom, the fight for fairer wages from streaming platforms like Spotify has felt tiresome and ongoing, and despite a lot of noise from musicians, very little progress has been made over the past decade. Yet, this crisis might be the catalyst to instigate change.

Tom is one of the leading........

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