UK music before and after Covid-19

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Osborne, R. 2023. UK music before and after Covid-19. International Journal of Cultural Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/10286632.2023.2214151
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TitleUK music before and after Covid-19
AuthorsOsborne, R.
Abstract

This article analyses the statistical reporting of UK Music, the umbrella organisation that provides a collective voice for British music industry trade bodies. It documents changes in methodology from the organisation’s earliest reports, which provide financial data for each industry sector and use the prosperity of the business as a platform from which to lobby, to the reports for the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, which turn away sectoral information to argue that the industry is an ecosystem and music is beneficial for national well-being. In the process, UK Music submerges evidence that record companies and music publishers fared well during the pandemic while music creators and live music industry workers suffered greatly. As well as uncovering this information, this article considers why it has been neglected. It has enabled UK Music to lobby for actions that work across the industry and sidestep arguments that music creators should receive a greater share of remuneration. It has also helped to keep UK Music intact.

Sustainable Development Goals8 Decent work and economic growth
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
Research GroupMusic group
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
ISSN1028-6632
Electronic1477-2833
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Online19 May 2023
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Deposited16 Jun 2023
Submitted07 Feb 2023
Accepted11 May 2023
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10286632.2023.2214151
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