Musicians Union launches ‘Justice at Spotify’ Campaign

Music News, News, UK Music

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The United Musicians and Allied Workers Union (UMAW) have started a new campaign titled ‘Justice at Spotify’ which, among other goals, is demanding that the platform raise its average streaming royalty from $.0038 USD to a penny per stream for all artists.

“One of Spotify’s core goals is to give ‘a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art’. Yet, to generate a single dollar on the platform, a song needs to be streamed 263 times,” organisers explained on the campaign’s website.

At the time of writing, over 4,000 artists have signed the UMAW’s petition – which you can do here. According to UMAW’s site, musicians including Thurston Moore, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Frankie Cosmos, Deerhoof, Julianna Barwick, JD Samson, DIIV, Alex Somers, Zola Jesus and more have all thrown their support behind the campaign.

This comes after the Uk Government announced an inquiry into streaming services to deduce whether artists are truly getting a fair slice of the pie.

What do you make of streaming services? Are artists getting enough?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Anna Madsen returns with ‘Whisper’ and new tour dates

Acoustic, Punk, Singer-Songwriter, Uncategorized

The New England Music award nominee is back with her second studio album ‘Whisper’ coupled with announcing brand new tour dates throughout April and May.

As well as her songwriter of the year nomination at the New England awards, Madsen has enjoyed recognition since appearing on Britain ITV’s ‘Christmas Carol’ leading to support from BBC Radio 2 and appearing on Spotify’s hot list UK’s playlist.

Musically, Anna has drawn comparisons to Lana Del Ray. Some calling her a ‘Del Ray, Kate Bush and Enya’ hybrid. Some praise of course but essentially it’s her unique background that sets her apart.

Growing up in Utah, it was her Mormon heritage that has shaped the singer-songwriter’s light, classic romanticism picking up her love of music in the church.

‘Whisper’ is her second full length album, released which follows 2016’s Efforescence and is a classic soundtrack of her own distinctive absorbing story-telling.

A long with this is she has announced her European tour, taking in three venues in London as well as St. Helens, Portadawe in Wales and Spain.

Tour dates:

21 April – Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe, Wales

22 April – The Citadel, St Helens, England

23 April – The Acoustic Folk Highway @ the Harrison, London, England

27 April – BBC Club, London, England

29 April – (TBC)

01 May – Barcelona City Radio, Barcelona, Spain

04 May – Madrid, Spain (TBC)

06 May – O2, London, England

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/annamadsenmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJaq0dZU_yJn4v2PApqgZgand

https://www.instagram.com/ladymadsen/

www.annamadsenmusic.com