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CMU Insights to explain how digital dollars are paid at upcoming conferences

By | Published on Tuesday 11 September 2018


CMU Insights will present its speed briefing on how streaming services are licensed at three European music conferences over the next two weeks.

Based on the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ research project CMU Insights undertook for the UK Music Managers Forum, this speed briefing explains how streaming services are licensed and how digital royalties are calculated and paid each month. The streaming business is complex, but the speed briefing breaks it all down into ten easy-to-grasp steps.

Says CMU Insights MD Chris Cooke, who delivers the speed briefing: “As the streaming market comes of age, there are lots of debates to be had about the business model behind it all, and the way monies are generated and shared out. But properly participating in that debate requires understanding the current model. That’s why MMF commissioned us to produce the ‘Digital Dollar’ reports: so its members could have an informed opinion”.

“Understanding the model requires knowing a little bit about copyright law, and record contracts, and publishing contracts, and collective licensing”, he goes on. “The ‘Digital Dollar’ book goes into all that in some detail, but the speed briefing is a punchy introduction to how it all works that ensures you know the basics”.

The ‘How Streaming Services Are Licensed’ speed briefing takes place at the Vil Vil Vest festival in Bergen, Norway on Thursday at 11am; at the all-new Pivotal conference in Birmingham on Friday at 1.45pm; and as part of the training programme at the Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday 22 Sep at 11am.

For more information about the CMU Insights speed briefings, including how you can host one, click here. For more information on the ‘Digital Dollar’ project and book click here.