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Over the last few weeks, IMPALA has been gathering views on Apple’s proposal to apply a 10% stream rate uplift for music available in spatial audio, in a move which will have negative consequences for parts of the industry, particularly for independent labels and their artists.

The boost in royalties, as already highlighted in the press, is less accessible to independents. This can be due to the upfront costs involved when recording new tracks and having to remix already released repertoire. Some may also choose not to use this format, simply as a creative choice. With Apple's revenue pool being finite, a multiplier for spatially-enabled plays inevitably translates to diminished earnings for those unable to access it, which compounds the impact on independents.

IMPALA welcomes efforts to grow the debate about how to reform the streaming market. However, the rationale for this particular reform should have nothing to do with revenue allocation. While we understand that enhanced formats aim to be for the benefit of the fans, it should not result in reducing the rates for tracks not released in a specific format. 

IMPALA invites Apple to discuss alternative ways, rather than unilaterally introducing significant changes, resulting in the redirection of revenues from independents to be redistributed among the major players. This is a delicate issue given the market power generally of Apple, as well as the majors and the fact that it disproportionately affects emerging and less-streamed artists, niche genres, smaller markets, and less mainstream languages. This goes in opposition to 
IMPALA's own streaming recommendations which seek to grow revenues overall and end dilution, as well as promote diversity within the streaming ecosystem.

IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith commented: “We support moves by services to recognise sound quality in a way that is objectively fair and sustainable. Our invitation to Apple on this proposal is to look at alternative ways to achieve this rather than linking it to streaming reform. We look forward to our board meeting next month at Apple's emblematic office in Battersea. We also refer again to IMPALA’s 10-point plan to reform the current royalty allocation models to ensure fairness and sustainability for all artists, accelerate revenues and promote a broader diversity of emerging talent. Our plan also recognises the untapped commercial potential in smaller markets, particularly within Europe, and has proposed initiatives to unlock this potential and promote cultural and linguistic diversity within the streaming landscape.”

Mark Kitcatt, Chair of IMPALA’s streaming reform group and CEO of Everlasting Records and Popstock Distribuciones added: “Changes to the streaming ecosystem are now being pushed out by the global streaming services which dominate the landscape. IMPALA started this discussion three years ago, and we appreciate Apple’s efforts to improve sound quality. We would like to explore other ways of achieving this. For us this is simply not a streaming reform issue. If Apple remains committed to adjusting revenue allocations, let's explore other options together.”

25 Apr 2024 | Press release

IMPF launches 4th edition of Global Market View for Independent Music Publishing

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

IMS Business Report 2024

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

Pulse Music Group and hit songwriter/producer/artist Jon Bellion form publishing venture

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

YolanDa Brown OBE DL becomes University of Kent’s new chancellor

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25 Apr 2024 | Press release

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

TuneCore Expands Music Publishing Services and User Experience to Aid Independent Songwriters

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

Radio 2 in the Park 2024 to land in Preston

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

Symphonic Distribution Hires Stephen Nightingale to Lead A&R and Business in Canada

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

Rock icon Dan P Carter joins Spinefarm as Director of Artist Development

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

Park Avenue Artists Expands Booking Division

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

Universal Music France and Binetou Sylla, founder of leading independent label Wèrè Wèrè Music partner to lead Def Jam Africa across French-speaking Africa

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

BPI CEO calls on music industry and government to unite around 5 key priorities to support human artistry and sustainably promote British music

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24 Apr 2024 | Press release

The Independent and Music Venue Trust launch major new initiative to support UK grassroots music venues

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23 Apr 2024 | Press release

Sony Music Publishing Nashville Signs Randall King to Global Deal

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23 Apr 2024 | Press release

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23 Apr 2024 | Press release

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23 Apr 2024 | Press release

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23 Apr 2024 | Press release

Fairground Attraction partners with Absolute for first album in 35 years

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22 Apr 2024 | Press release

BPI to host ‘In Tune With Tomorrow’

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22 Apr 2024 | Press release

AIM and the BPI appoint Creative Zero’s Roxy Erickson to lead next phase of Music Climate Pact

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22 Apr 2024 | Press release

Leading European PR agencies unite to form PR:E

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22 Apr 2024 | Press release

Bella Figura Music acquires Rak Publishing

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25 Apr 2024

  • Spotify talks growth, bundle royalties and short-video plans (see Digital)

24 Apr 2024

  • BPI CEO calls on music industry and government to unite around 5 key priorities to support human artistry and sustainably promote British music (see News)

23 Apr 2024

  • Hipgnosis Song Management fires back at Songs Fund board (see Business)

22 Apr 2024

  • Blackstone bid for Hipgnosis receives backing from board (see Business)

  • Taylor Swift’s new album breaks Spotify records (see News)

  • Independence - what’s up with that BPI press release about 2023 music consumption? (see Comment)

19 Apr 2024

  • Creator Remuneration Working Group meet for the first time (see News)

  • Concord's takeover of Hipgnosis (see Analysis)

18 Apr 2024

  • Concord set to acquire Hipgnosis Songs Fund (see Business)

17 Apr 2024

  • Is the music industry gaslighting artists? (see Comment)

16 Apr 2024

  • BPI’s new Yearbook highlights an independent sector growing for a sixth consecutive year (see Reports)

  • Can’t cross the moat? Walk around it. (see Comment)

15 Apr 2024

  • The conversation around Fandom needs to change (see Opinion)

  • Viagogo: Carrying on ticketing, despite the controversy (see News)

12 Apr 2024

  • Taylor Swift songs return to TikTok (see Digital)

  • Spotify plans new remixing tools for the TikTok generation (see Digital)

  • Is Spotify plotting a largescale push into short-form video? (see Digital)