Petition to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Nigel Adams, Matt Hancock, Nick Clegg MP, Michael Dugher MP, Julie Ward MEP, Helen Hayes MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Deidre Brock MP, Pete Wishart MP, Kevin Brennan MP, John Whittingdale MP, David Warburton MP, Dr Rupa Huq MP, Tim Razzall MP
MPS can: Save Our Songs - SOS! "10p a Play" on streaming music
If we care about music then we need to pay for it. Whilst it is legal to listen for free, people will listen for free! Look at these 3 facts: Artists royalties from streaming are pitiful (£0.006 per play) The music industry is shrinking Spotify doesn't make a profit THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE 3 steps to save music: Make free streaming illegal (such as Spotify's free service) Police and shut down illegal pirate sites Introduce a 10p a play law on all streaming (come on kids - you can pay 10p) How would 10p a play work Each streaming service requires a "pay as you go" account (including youtube music videos) - (this would replace subscription based streaming) If you listen to a song 10 times on a platform - you own it - £1 for a song you clearly love! Make the British Music Industry great again! Imagine a world without music! - Artists like myself cannot survive like this. Kevin Kadish - "For a song like ‘All About That Bass,’ that I wrote, which had 178 million streams,” Kadish began, without specifying any streaming services. “I mean $5,679? That’s my share. That’s as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and number one in 78 countries." - “But you’re making $5,600. How do you feed your family?” La Roux - “Spotify, thanks for the £100 for this quarter just gone, one more month and I might be able to afford your premium service,” La Roux tweeted. “Lucky me!” Songwriters are a dying breed: the number of actively-working songwriters in Nashville has plunged 80 percent since 2000. And that doesn’t even count the supporting cast of studio technicians, licensing administrators, producers, and session musicians that once earned solid salaries. One band posted their royalty statement online: Over 1 MILLION plays = less than $5k - that's not enough to support ONE band member for 3 months let alone 5 members for a year. 10p a play would = £100,000 (less 2.5p for platform and 2.5p for label) = $50k - not a fortune for the band; but a step in the right direction without asking too much from music listeners. A little story in how the world currently operates: A musician takes his bike to a repair shop, he's in there for 20 mins; during which time he can hear his album is being streamed from a laptop. At the end of the 20 mins the musician is asked to pay £40 for the bike repair; the musician asks the mechanic - "do you like this album?"; the mechanic says "I love it! I'm listening to it for free on Spotify!"; the musician says "well, this is my album - how's about knocking 40p off my bill?"; the mechanic says "on yer bike mate!"