Dutch university reseacher wins €1.5m grant for streaming study


Politicians and regulators have been keen to understand streaming’s impact on the music industry and on artists in recent times. Now a researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has secured a grant of €1.5m to begin a new study of the subject.

Dr Robert Prey was awarded the grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to set up a team and begin his project exploring “how the online platforms influence the working conditions and creativity of musicians”.

The project will focus on the Netherlands, South Korea and Nigeria. “Music genres from each of these countries, such as Dutch dance, K-pop from South Korea, and Afrobeats from Nigeria, have each been extremely successful on Spotify, YouTube, and other global platforms for streaming and social media,” said Prey.

“At the same time, there are large differences between the countries in regard to the level of platformisation and the relationship between platforms and the record industry in each country.”

Written by: Stuart Dredge