Spotify urged to pay artists more during COVID-19 pandemic

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A petition has been started to urge Spotify to pay their artists more money per stream, as musicians continue to struggle financially due to lost revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Musician Evan Greer has set up the campaign and is calling on the streaming giant to triple the amount artists are paid per stream and to make the increase permanent so musicians can make a living wage and “not be left vulnerable or living gig to gig.”

The petition is also asking Spotify to make a $500,000 donation to Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund, which has been organised to financially help musicians and music industry workers who have been affected by the ongoing situation.

Greer says on the petition’s front page: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for musicians. Entire tours and festivals have been cancelled. Artists have lost income they are depending on to feed their families, and the future is completely uncertain. 

“Many in the music industry are trying to help. Events are moving online, while Bandcamp have a major fundraiser today (March 20) where they'll donate their revenue share on every download and purchase.

“But Spotify has done nothing. They're continuing to exploit musicians by paying next to nothing for streams, even while there are more and more people at home listening to music. This is a moment when Big Tech companies need to do their part to help.”

The Action Network petition is available online now.

Here at Louder, we’ve set up a live hub page to let music fans know what innovative steps bands are taking to generate income during the coronavirus lockdown. This will be updated regularly with news as we get it.

Scott Munro
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Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.