MP says record boss in cloud cuckoo land over music streaming claims – The Guardian

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John Nicolson responds to Universal Music UK chair after he states artists very pleased with payments

After being pressed, he said that the label had “increased the amount” it paid to artists as a result of streaming offers.
Jason Iley, the chairman and primary executive of Sony Music UK, and Tony Harlow, the chairman and primary executive of Warner Music UK, likewise offered proof, with Iley stating 80% of his companys earnings presently comes from streaming and that ₤ 190m has been spent on talent hunting and the creative advancement of recording artists, understood as A&R. The label managers appeared in front of the inquiry after earlier sessions in which MPs had actually heard from artists who painted a bleak photo of the streaming market at present.”Joseph responded by saying some artists who relied on the live circuit had actually been struck hard by the pandemic however that it was “not logical” that lost income would be immediately changed by streaming. The three record managers declared that they were big investors in British musical talent by means of their A&R invest, while arguing that more policy of the streaming industry would be counterproductive.Harlow said streaming was “an evolving scenario” that was being well governed, adding that any modification or interruption could “reduce UK competitiveness”.

The manager of a major record label has actually been described as “living in cloud cuckoo land” after he declared artists enjoyed with the music streaming model.The heads of 3 significant labels– Universal, Sony Music and Warner Music Group– offered proof prior to the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming, in typically testy exchanges about whether the design was reasonable.
Universal Music UKs chairman and primary executive, David Joseph, informed the inquiry that artists were “extremely pleased with the investment, extremely happy with advances” they presently received, before the SNP MP John Nicolson interrupted, stating: “I think youre living in cloud cuckoo land here if you actually believe that.”Joseph also declined to respond to a question about whether the lower royalty fees his label concurred with Spotify as part of a multi-year deal in 2017 had affected artists.After he declared he couldnt answer the concern since it would reveal details that might provide his rivals a benefit, the committee chair, Julian Knight, intervened and directed him to address. After being pressed, he said that the label had “increased the quantity” it paid to artists as a result of streaming deals.
Jason Iley, the chairman and president of Sony Music UK, and Tony Harlow, the chairman and primary executive of Warner Music UK, also gave proof, with Iley saying 80% of his businesss income currently comes from streaming which ₤ 190m has actually been spent on talent scouting and the creative development of recording artists, referred to as A&R. The label managers appeared in front of the query after earlier sessions in which MPs had actually spoken with artists who painted a bleak picture of the streaming industry at present. Established artists told the query they were struggling to earn money now that exploring earnings had stopped due to the pandemic.The Conservative MP Steve Brine talked about the evidence given by Nadine Shah at an earlier session in which she stated that in spite of being an effective, critically respected artist, she was finding it tough to make ends meet.Nadine Shah at the Roundhouse in London in March soon prior to the very first Covid lockdown. Photograph: Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesHe stated: “We can dance around these concerns as many times as we desire however the bottom line is effective artists cant manage to pay their rent. Theres something going incorrect, certainly.”Joseph reacted by stating some artists who relied on the live circuit had been hit hard by the pandemic but that it was “not logical” that lost income would be immediately changed by streaming. “That was never how their revenues were shaped,” he added.
The three record managers claimed that they were huge investors in British musical talent via their A&R spend, while arguing that more policy of the streaming industry would be counterproductive.Harlow said streaming was “a developing situation” that was being well governed, adding that any change or disruption could “diminish UK competitiveness”. Nicolson questioned that argument and declared that Warner Music had actually provided out more to passive investors than had been invested on artist development.
The inquiry continues and will speak with streaming services, such as Spotify. The goal of the hearings is to develop whether the streaming designs are “reasonable to the writers and performers who provide the product”.

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