Rethink Music report on Transparency

Our report on Transparency and Money Flows in the Music Industry is now available for download. Major media articles don't always report in-depth on how streaming services pay artists and songwriters, so our goal was to provide a definitive resource and offer recommendations for change. The report has already generated significant interest, with comments from notable music industry figures:

“The Rethink Music/Berklee study is a thing of beauty... and much needed. The music business is notoriously complicated, but they have presented their findings in a clear manner that anyone can understand- though it's still not simple!” stated musician David Byrne. “The picture the study paints is spot on and fairly devastating - as it should be. It's essential reading - and given the lack of vested interests at work it should be explosive and wide ranging in its impact. The recommendations give one hope - that there is indeed a way for this industry to flourish and benefit everyone involved.”

Willard Ahdritz, founder and CEO of Kobalt said, “Transparency and Fairness are the two great battlefronts for songwriters and rights owners today. I’m thrilled that an objective body, such as Berklee’s Rethink Music, have tackled both of these issues and made concrete recommendations for the industry as a whole, and are very much in-line with our values at Kobalt. I highly recommend every stakeholder in this industry, whether rights owner or DSP or label, to read this paper, find ways to make changes and begin to build a future that better protects and secures creators’ rights.”

“The timing, findings and recommendations of this report are important,” stated Brian Message, co-manager, of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey, and Radiohead. “Lawmakers both in Europe and North America should take note as they look to promote and foster the interests of creators in the digital age, shielding them from the practices of major rightsholder corporations who distort the music market for their own gain. The mistakes of the post Napster era should not be allowed to roll on, to the detriment of many and the benefit of few.”