February 25, 2021
Guardian music writer Laura Snapes, singer-songwriter Arlo Parks and musician Nitin Sawhney discuss the impact that Covid, Brexit and the ‘streaming economy’ are having on the sector
Is this the worst year ever for the UK music industry? - podcast
The Guardian music writer Laura Snapes talks to Rachel Humphreys about why this has been such a challenging period for the music industry. Not only has Covid prevented musicians from touring, but the Brexit rule changes will now make it tricky for them to work in the EU. She fears the inability of the EU and UK to strike a deal to help the creative industries will hold back UK artists from a fast-growing market.
Rachel also talks to the singer-songwriter Arlo Parks and the musician Nitin Sawhney. They speak about how they miss touring and the impact that the Brexit rule changes will have on their industry. They also discuss how the economic model of streaming platforms is challenging artists’ ability to earn a living. The major record labels take around three-quarters of streaming revenue every month, meaning smaller artists receive very little. Laura also discusses the digital, culture, media and sport select committee inquiry, which has been looking into the fairness of the “streaming economy”.
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