I understand that the Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, Etc.) Private Members’ Bill, sponsored by Kevin Brennan MP, is making its way through Parliament. I am aware that the Bill is scheduled for its second reading on 3 December and it will have my support.
I am aware of the concerns that many musicians have expressed over the revenues they have been able to obtain from these services in recent years. Streaming has revolutionised the music industry and been a great benefit for many listeners, and although the actual contracts are private commercial agreements between the parties concerned, I would not wish to see this come at the expense of the artists’ livelihoods.
The Government will continue working closely with music creators, record labels, and streaming services to develop a programme of work to better understand the issue, including through the establishment of a contact group with senior representatives from the music industry. This group will meet regularly over the coming months to drive action and examine stakeholder views on the key issues such as equitable remuneration, contract transparency and platform liability rules.