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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page urges streaming platforms to pay artists fairly

Legendary guitar hero, Jimmy Page of Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin fame, has urged streaming platforms to work to pay artists and musicians fairly for the music they post and host on their platforms.

One of the most widely-decorated musicians of all time, Page’s influence should hold a lot of sway with the growing establishment, one who likely rocked out to Zep during their heydays. The guitarist has penned a letter in defence of musicians who are being treated poorly by streaming platforms, sharing it through his Instagram page in reply to a recent inquiry into streaming platforms behaviour from the British government.

The inquiry, held by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, was investigating the business models of streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google, among others.

Page shared a letter to social media, stating his dismay at musicians not being rewarded fairly for their contributions: “Having recently viewed the Select Committee for Music Streaming on 24 November 2020 I feel compelled to write this letter,” began the guitarist.

“I fully appreciate the dilemma surrounding streaming royalties that should be rightfully paid to all musicians and writers who made the music,” he continued with disdainful vigour.

“The sooner the streaming companies can make fair payments to all musicians whose music is played on or viewed via the internet, and to pay fair royalties to those who give us great pleasure from those who are exploiting it, the better.⁣”

It’s a bold statement from one of the most legendary musicians around. While Jimmy Page may not necessarily be affected by such royalty losses, it’s revitalising to see a legend sticking up for those trying to make a living out of music. A recent study confirmed that only 18% of musicians made more than £200 per year from streaming services, and only 8% of musicians claim streams are the central part of their income.

It’s all the proof you need to showcase that the government must do more to help balance the books for the artists who make the music we all love.

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