John Harris

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Musicians call for industry shake-up to protect artists during lockdown

Two new campaigns call for artists to receive greater cut of Spotify and streaming royalties

Two organisations that represent thousands of British musicians and songwriters will today launch a Keep Music Alive campaign calling for urgent changes to the music industry to protect artists at risk of ruin as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The campaign calls for solutions to the problems that the lockdown has inflicted on musicians. The suspension of live music under lockdown has cut off most artists’ one dependable source of income: gigs. And payments from streaming services such as Spotify are so negligible that they cannot hope to fill the massive hole in artists’ incomes.

Related: Musicians ask Spotify to triple payments to cover lost concert revenue

Related: Musical notes: how is pop music changing during the pandemic?

Related: Spotify’s ‘tip jar’ is a slap in the face for musicians. It should pay them better

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