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Future of Music #9: The Future of Streaming

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A live-streamed long-form conversation about music: where it is now & where it's headed. This month we discuss: the future of streaming.

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Few topics are more contentious for artists than the landscape of music streaming.

It is no exaggeration to say that in the last 15 years, streaming services have drastically transformed our behaviour not just as listeners and music fans, but as artists and labels too. More recently, the last 18 months has seen an uptick in unease and dissatisfaction amongst artists with the current streaming landscape. This has lead to collective actions like the #BrokenRecord and Justice At Spotify campaigns, but also increased speculation about how the streaming model could potentially evolve or transform to provide better futures for both artists and fans.

For our first event of 2021, we will be joined by three of the world’s leading thinkers in this space: columnist and music writer Liz Pelly; artist advocate and #BrokenRecord founder Tom Gray; and Rich Jensen, executive for ethical streaming co-op Resonate. We’ll be talking about current developments, including the UK parliamentary inquiry into music streaming which is still unfolding, as well as speculate on better or alternative futures.

Like all of our conversations, this will be live and the conversation will adapt to your input in the chat - so come ready to get involved and ask big questions. 🙂

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Tom Gray is a songwriter, composer and producer, and a member of Mercury Prize-winning band Gomez. He is also the founder of the #BrokenRecord campaign for ethical practice in the music industry, a council member of PRS For Music and director of The Ivors Academy.

Liz Pelly is a writer and critic based in New York. She covers music, culture, media, streaming and the internet. Her byline appears most often at The Baffler, where she is a columnist and contributing editor. She currently teaches music writing in the recorded music program at NYU Tisch.

Rich Jensen is currently the Co-op Executive at ethical streaming service Resonate. An early collaborator with the independent K and Sub Pop cassette-based music labels in the 1980s, Rich later built the business infrastructure for Sub Pop in Seattle, establishing its rise as a showcase for many artists to follow. In 2014, Rich joined forces with Brodie Stevens to form Cabin Games, a Native American-owned music and management company. Currently based in Seattle, Rich is pleased to bring his experience supporting diverse emerging artists and peer-to-peer cultural forms to the urgent work to cultivate music-based interdependence through cooperative community-owned networks like Resonate.

Tim Shiel ​is a musician and radio broadcaster based in Melbourne. 
He is known for his on-air roles as the host of Double J’s afternoon show, and triple j’s weekly outsider music program Something More. He has led music and sound design on internationally-acclaimed indie games including Duet and the Apple Design Award-winning The Gardens Between. He is a long-time collaborator of Melbourne musician ​Gotye, with whom he has toured internationally and played some of the world’s most iconic music venues. Tim founded the artist-run music label ​Spirit Level ​in 2014.​


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We acknowledge this event is taking place on Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation, and recognise that sovereignty has not been ceded. We pay respects to their Elders - past, present and emerging.

Thank you to The City of Melbourne for their continued support of this event series.

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Watch our previous Future of Music episode below, featuring Cherie Hu, music/tech journalist and founder of Water + Music; Brandon Stosuy, editor of online artist resource The Creative Independent; and Elle Graham, aka Melbourne musician and Twitch streamer Woodes.

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