Funded by: UK Intellectual Property Office

Principal Investigators: Hyojung Sun, Research Associate, University of Ulster

Co-investigators: David Hesmondhalgh, Digit Co-lead and Professor of Media, Music and Culture University of Leeds, Richard Osborne, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, Middlesex University

This project, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office, seeks to provide objective evidence regarding the degree to which music streaming is providing fair payments to music creators of various kinds.

  • What is the size of the UK music streaming market and how is revenue distributed amongst its diverse stakeholders?
  • How is on-demand streaming revenue divided between the streaming platforms and the recorded music and music publishing sectors?
  • How do the revenues for on-demand streaming differ amongst different types of music creators?
  • How has the rise of streaming changed the distribution of music creators’ earnings?

The project has been commissioned by a group of organisations concerned with the welfare of music creators, including the UK Musicians’ Union, the Ivors Academy, the Featured Artists Coalition, and the Performing Rights Society.