Transparency is a hot topic this year in the music industry. With continued calls from creators for better compensation from streaming services, the legacy obfuscation by various intermediaries between consumers and creators appears to be in the crosshairs. The recent leak of the Sony-Spotify contract has only compounded the pleas for more fairness in the music industry, especially in a world where big data can track micro-payments and creators should be able to have greater access to information about who is listening to their music and how much it earns.
What is really happening here?
Rethink Music is finalizing the first phase of a study on these issues, with recommendations for a more sustainable music business. Watch the panel that Rethink's Allen Bargfrede and Panos Panay participated in at Midem 2015, and look for our full report coming in the next two weeks.