Economics of streaming comes under experts’ scrutiny

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Academics and industry experts are to gather in London next month to discuss the profitability and sustainability of music streaming.

The event, organised by MusicTank, will feature keynote speaker and academic, Peter Tschmuck, whose forthcoming book – The Economics of Music – questions the economics of the streaming market and speculates on future developments.

He will be joined by Peter Jenner (Sincere Management), Mark Mulligan (Midia Consulting), Sally Gross (University of Westminster) and Keith Harris (PPL/Music Ltd).

Together, they will ask what lies ahead for the market’s biggest players and discuss the likelihood of further market consolidation, mergers, acquisitions and probable bankruptcies.

The Economics of Streaming: Full Stream Ahead? Takes place on 15 June at Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, London, from 7pm to 9.30pm

Tickets are priced at £15, with concessions available for students.

Keith Harris, chair of MusicTank, University of Westminster, said: ‘Peter Tschmuck’s analysis of the streaming model is a welcome contribution to the debate about the viability of paid-for streaming services.

‘This think tank is timely, coming at a time when the recorded music business might be said to have turned a corner and in the wake of label renegotiations with Spotify, and further service refinement from the likes of Deezer (user-centric licensing) and Pandora which further nuance the streaming model.’

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Tschmuck’s The Economics of Music is published by Agenda Publishing on 25 May. Those attending the MusicTank event receive a 20 percent discount on the retail price.

MusicTank was established in 2003 by the University of Westminster to offer a neutral information hub for the UK music business.

It addresses change and innovation through debate, objective analysis and industry engagement.