Music Streaming

Music streaming has unquestionably become the predominant means of enjoying music, replacing traditional physical media and expanded far beyond the live sector by providing user-friendly, high quality, and affordable access to the largest possible repertoire anytime, anywhere, online, or offline.

Songs and compositions are at the heart of this thriving market, which counts 524 million users on subscription-based music services globally, reaches more than 2 billion users including the streaming on UGC platforms, and offers more than 70 million tracks from approximately 8 million artists.

Yet, the authors and composers cannot benefit adequately from this success, and the debate over unfairness of this market is gaining traction across Europe and around the world.

There is a need to look more closely at how songwriters and composers are connected to this thriving economy and what can be done to improve their currently neglected situation.

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European Parliament resolution on music streaming

Reflecting on the concerns raised by authors and composers from across Europe, the European Parliament decided to prepare and own-initiative Report on “Cultural diversity and conditions of authors in the European music streaming market”, which was adopted in Plenary on 17 January 2024 in Strasbourg, after a long and insightful consideration of MEPs on the different aspects of the issue.

The final report shows a thorough understanding of the different problems and proposes legislative solutions on some of them, in particular when it comes to ensuring transparency of the algorithms and recommendation tools of music streaming services and the prominence and discoverability of diverse European repertoires. The Parliament also shows a strong will to address the current imbalance in the revenue allocation that disfavours authors and the unsustainability of the current streaming economy for the future professional career of individual creators.

See here the European Parliament Music Streaming Report.

Following the adoption in plenary with an overwhelming majority, GESAC General Manager Véronique Desbrosses had an exchange with the rapporteur MEP Garcia del Blanco, and expressed her gratitude for this very positive achievement on behalf of the creators community.

You can watch the full video here

Find out more info on music streaming market, GESAC views and sectoral studies below and at the “News” section.


Study on the place and role of authors and composers in the European music streaming market

GESAC’s 10 Points for a more sustainable and author friendly music streaming market at EU level

Meet the Authors 2023