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TOWARDS AN EQUITABLE MUSIC ECONOMY
Aram Sinnreich, PhD

Associate Professor

American University SOC
ICA 2016

Fukuoka, JP...
STREAMING MUSIC IS BECOMING THE DOMINANT DISTRIBUTION MODEL
$0
$5
$10
$15
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Streaming
Other Di...
DESPITE (OR BECAUSE) OF THIS, IT’S CATCHING A LOT OF FLAK
“Music is art, and art is important
and rare. Important, rare th...
THE WAY THINGS WERE (2000)
‣ Effective royalty: 6.5%
‣ Chance of payment: 5%
‣ Percentage of professional


musicians earn...
THE WAY THINGS ARE (2010S)
THE WAY THINGS MIGHT BE (ROUGH MIX)
PieSize
EquityPie
Blockchain rights/royalties
Fair Play, Fair Pay Act (FM $)
IRFA (FM/...
THANK YOU.
ARAM@AMERICAN.EDU
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ICA 2016: Slicing the Pie: Towards an Equitable Music Economy

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Presentation given at the International Communication Association conference in Fukuoka, Japan, June 2016. This paper analyzes the royalties and revenues accrued by recording artists and composers who distribute their work through various online and off-line channels, and considers pending music policy decisions in light of these analyses.

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ICA 2016: Slicing the Pie: Towards an Equitable Music Economy

  1. 1. TOWARDS AN EQUITABLE MUSIC ECONOMY Aram Sinnreich, PhD
 Associate Professor
 American University SOC ICA 2016
 Fukuoka, JP
 June 10, 2016 SLICING THE PIE
  2. 2. STREAMING MUSIC IS BECOMING THE DOMINANT DISTRIBUTION MODEL $0 $5 $10 $15 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Streaming Other Digital Synch Physical Global music industry trade revenues. Source: IFPI (billions)
  3. 3. DESPITE (OR BECAUSE) OF THIS, IT’S CATCHING A LOT OF FLAK “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for” - Taylor Swift “I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues” - Tom DeLonge “The old boss and the new boss have joined hands, they’re singing Kumbaya, and they’ve changed the words to, ‘Fuck the songwriters! Fuck the performers!’ ” - David Lowery
  4. 4. THE WAY THINGS WERE (2000) ‣ Effective royalty: 6.5% ‣ Chance of payment: 5% ‣ Percentage of professional


musicians earning royalties:


0.05% (1:2000) ‣ Effective royalty: 


$0.03/song ‣ Effective royalty: 


$0.00011/spin/listener ‣ Effective royalty: 0% ‣ Chance of payment: 0% ‣ Chance of getting played:


very small ‣ Cost of payola:


$100,000-200,000/


song/week
  5. 5. THE WAY THINGS ARE (2010S)
  6. 6. THE WAY THINGS MIGHT BE (ROUGH MIX) PieSize EquityPie Blockchain rights/royalties Fair Play, Fair Pay Act (FM $) IRFA (FM/web rate parity) Bypass SoundExchange Bankrupt/balkanize Streaming Undermine Net Neutrality/DMCA Allocation for Music Producers Songwriter Equity Act (FMV) ?
  7. 7. THANK YOU. ARAM@AMERICAN.EDU Download this paper:
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