Irish Streaming Service Aims to be Artist Friendly

by James Hendicott
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You could hardly have missed the latest controversy around Spotify. With Neil Young and then Joni Mitchell making statements about covid accuracy, and then pulling their music from the platform, its stocks have crashed as fear of a wider backlash against the podcast host Joe Rogan and his abrasive anti-convention platform rage on.

Putting aside the divisive Rogan’s actual content, the likes of Young and Mitchell could be forgiven for being quite upset that musicians have been sidelined, financially speaking, while the likes of Rogan have been rewarded with a contract said to run to nine figures (in dollars) by the platform. Spotify is, after all, meant to be primarily a music streaming service, and many, many musicians are less than happy with the payment terms they receive from the service. This should probably be as much, if not more, of an issue.

Newly launched Irish company, MinM is looking to address this particular side of things, by promising that 90% of their €5 monthly fee is redistributed to the artists you’re actually listening to on the platform, with no minimum royalty pay out.

“By changing how we value music, we can ensure independent artists are paid fairly and transparently,” the service says. “To do so, a new sustainable approach to streaming is needed. “We hope you can build it with us.”

The service is in its very early stages, with just under 2,000 tracks available so far, but it is starting to make an impact on the scene, with the likes of Niamh Regan, Junior Brother and Emma Langford, all highly respected domestic artists, already signed up. At this stage, it’s probably a case of ‘sign up to support this enterprise’ as opposed to a genuine rival to bigger services, but the principle is a good one. Watch this space.

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