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Living Wage Bill Aims To Increase For The Artists

Living Wage for Musicians: The Fight for Fair Pay in Streaming

Living Wage for Musicians Act seeks to redefine the financial landscape for artists. Championed by House Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Jamaal Bowman, this innovative legislation is designed to boost streaming royalties directly to musicians, bypassing traditional industry intermediaries.

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Dubbed the Artist Compensation Royalty Fund, this new financial model promises to channel streaming revenue straight into the pockets of the creators. With streaming transforming the music sector, many artists find themselves on the brink, unable to translate their digital popularity into sustainable income. Tlaib encapsulates this sentiment, emphasizing “Music creators should flourish from their art, not just scrape by. It’s time they received their rightful slice of the pie.”

The proposed funding mechanism for this act introduces a dual-stream approach: an incremental subscription fee (suggested between $4 to $10) alongside a 10% allocation from streamers’ ancillary incomes, such as ad-generated revenue. This move, backed by the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW), aims to ensure that any increase in subscriber fees directly benefits the music makers.

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UMAW’s Damon Krukowski sheds light on the urgency of the situation, critiquing the current streaming model’s inadequacies and highlighting the need for a paradigm shift that honors the artist. He asserts “After years of dominance by streaming platforms and major labels, it’s high time for a solution that empowers all musicians, not a select few. Our aim is to reinvigorate the value of music by ensuring artists are compensated fairly for their streamed works.”

As the Living Wage for Musicians Act embarks on its legislative journey, its reception remains uncertain. However, the need for change is underscored by the British Phonographic Industry’s latest figures, revealing streaming’s colossal 87.7% share of the UK’s music consumption. With a staggering 179.6 billion streams recorded last year alone, the call for equitable artist compensation has never been more critical.

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This legislative initiative coincides with the UK’s move towards greater “transparency” and protection for musicians regarding streaming royalties. As the global music community watches closely, the question remains: will this bill mark the dawn of a new era for artists worldwide? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear – the fight for fair pay in the streaming landscape is only just beginning. 🤭🎵

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