Streaming revenue not being passed on
According to her manager, Lady Gaga has received nothing from millions and millions of streams on platforms like Spotify.
No centralized hub acting as default for music fans.
Social media platform Facebook charges artists to reach their own fans – which it defends as necessary due to a massive increase in Timeline posts.
Artists Fight for Survival
Music activist David Lowery advises artists are worse off now than they were in the analog era due to; lower payments, less control, less secure copyright protections and a shift in revenue towards tech companies.
Duplicitous contract structures
While streaming is rapidly becoming the dominant form of music consumption, it’s now widely viewed as a cashless loss-leader for artists and songwriters.
Company profits over artists interests
Major labels have been shown to pay nothing to artists from their cash windfalls.
Falling revenue from paid downloads and CD sales
There is downward technological progression and with each subsequent format, monetisation deteriorates – so streaming pays less than downloads and downloads pay less than CDs.
Piracy and Copyright Infringement
Google, the most influential company in the music industry, is actively resisting any efforts to reduce piracy across its key platforms
Songwriters aren’t being fairly paid
Lower royalties are discouraging an entire generation of writers with numbers in rapid decline.
[Note: Source information – Digital Music News.]