Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1123/32130

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 March 2021

Union fight to save musicians' livelihoods

Streaming companies like Spotify make huge profits at the expense of musicians, photo Gavin Whitner/CC

Streaming companies like Spotify make huge profits at the expense of musicians, photo Gavin Whitner/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Henry Hoare-Exley, Brighton Socialist Party

The Covid-19 crisis has forced society to shut down, and music venues, which have not opened at all since last March, are no exception. A musician's main sources of income are typically touring and gigging but, due to venue closures, many musicians are struggling financially, relying solely on income from streaming.

To earn the hourly minimum wage an artist's music must be streamed 3,114 times. In context, the minimum wage working 40 hours a week 46.4 weeks of the year would require 5,779,584 streams. Still, this is only enough to support one person, for bands and groups a lot more streams are needed. Poverty has never been a stranger to most musicians, and now many face having to abandon the industry or take up multiple jobs.

Over time, more and more artists come from privileged backgrounds, usually privately educated, because they don't need to worry about income. Gentrification means artists can no longer live in city centres, leaving areas previously rich in culture drained.

Some think this makes sense, that musicians are not productive members of society and that music is a hobby. Art is the heart of all humanity; without the capabilities of creative expression there is no humanity and we become no more than products of labour here to serve the capitalist machine.

On 15 March UMAW (Union of Musicians and Allied Workers) will be protesting outside Spotify offices globally, asking that the union's demands are met. This includes a pay increase to 1p per stream. The Socialist Party supports the union taking action. We demand democratic public ownership of the streaming industry, as well as demanding that the arts should be funded and subsidised by the government as a social good. Action must be taken now if we are to prevent the loss of music, drama, dance and creativity.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 3 March 2021:


Budget

Not a budget for the working class!

Public sector workers respond to the budget


News

President of 'big four' Labour-affiliated trade union joins TUSC committee

Women's health matters


International Women's Day

A fighting programme for women's rights and socialism

A history of International Women's Day


What we think

Liverpool Labour meltdown - Fight for socialist policies


School safety

Schools' safety - teachers demand fighting union strategy


Features

'Casino capitalism' - driving another potential financial Armageddon

1981: New Cross Massacre


Workplace

Bus workers under attack and fighting back

Manchester indefinite bus strike against 'fire and rehire'

HMRC: Pay deal agreed but at what cost?

British Gas strike

Sparks force bosses back but fight continues to stamp out deskilling

Reinstate victimised bus driver Declan Clune

RAF Leeming strike escalates

Tech workers walk out against 'fire and rehire'

Victory for Judith, defend Moe


Campaigns

Why we need socialists in London city hall

Socialist Students conference

Swansea BLM protest against racist police brutality

Union fight to save musicians' livelihoods

Labour surrenders to Tories in Devon

Determined to smash the fighting fund target to fuel election challenge in May


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 March 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Music:

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Saving the music industry from pandemic and austerity

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: Saving the music industry from pandemic and austerity

triangleEngage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

triangleSaving the music industry from pandemic and austerity

triangleCarlisle: Alternative Burns Night

Union:

triangleSupport the Broad Left Network for a democratic, fighting union leadership

triangleThurrock council workers striking against pay cuts, photo Dave Murray

triangleSPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down

triangleRally for sacked RMT rep Declan

Socialist:

triangleSheffield Socialist Party: When Liverpool beat Thatcher

triangleTyneside Socialist Party: Our TUSC against cuts electoral challenge

triangleCaerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: How the Welsh government could fight Tory cuts

Minimum wage:

triangle'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights

Arts:

triangleStop Labour council's eviction of Stratford Circus arts centre

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

15/4/21

Elections

Latest podcast: PCS elections - the struggle for fighting trade unionism

14/4/21

Deliveroo

Workers strike and protest

14/4/21

Socialist Students

Students in action: Protest on 21 April

14/4/21

Socialist Party

Why you should join the Socialist Party

14/4/21

Cardiff

Cardiff: Hundreds protest to free Siyanda

14/4/21

Worcester

Worcester: Kill the Bill

14/4/21

Fighting Fund

Fighting fund target smashed. Can we do it again?

14/4/21

Youth

Youth under attack

14/4/21

Workers

St Mungo's maintenance workers on indefinite strike

14/4/21

London

Thousands of London bus workers strike across multiple companies

14/4/21

RMT

Rally for sacked RMT rep Declan

14/4/21

East London

East London cleaners fight outsourcing and redundancies

14/4/21

Bristol

Bristol Water workers walk out

14/4/21

Strike

SPS Technologies workers end strike after management backs down

7/4/21

London

London: #BuhariMustGo protests are back

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999