Last October, the US-based Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW) launched its ‘Justice at Spotify’ campaign with a series of demands for the streaming service. They included royalties of at least one cent per stream; a switch to user-centric payouts; and more transparency around its finances.

That campaign continues: yesterday UMAW organised demonstrations outside 10 of Spotify’s offices in the US, as well as others across the world. “The company has tripled in value during the pandemic, while failing to increase its payment rates to artists by even a fraction of a penny,” organiser Mary Regalado told Pitchfork.

“Musicians all over the world are unemployed right now while the tech giants dominating the industry take in billions. Music work is labour, and we are asking to be paid fairly for that labour.”

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Stuart Dredge

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