GESAC report explores streaming’s impact on songwriters


We’re on a run of industry-commissioned studies of the streaming economy’s impact on musicians. September alone has seen German collecting society GEMA’s ‘Musikstreaming in Deutschland’ report, and the International Artist Organisation’s ‘Streams & Dreams: A Fair Music Economy for All’ research.

Now European body GESAC is joining the fray with its ‘Study on the place and role of authors and composers in the European music streaming market’ study, written by veteran industry journalist Emmanuel Legrand, based on a mixture of interviews with songwriters, PROs, publishers and DSPs, and a review of prior research.

It focuses on three key issues: a perceived “asymmetry between the goals of streaming services and the aspirations of authors and composers” around the value of music and the pricing of streaming subscriptions; whether recommendation algorithms and “bottleneck” popular playlists are harming cultural diversity in streaming; and the debate about whether compositions are undervalued compared to recordings.

You can read the full report here.

Written by: Stuart Dredge