Simon Dyson

Simon Dyson

Simon Dyson is Omdia's music practice leader and editor of the industry newsletter, Music & Copyright. He provides a wealth of insight and information, including research, data, trackers, and forecasts.

His list of industry contacts and resources extends to government agencies, trade bodies, and collection societies as well as recording and music publishing companies. His opinion is widely sought by TV, radio, and newspaper journalists on digital music issues, as well as the traditional sector. His knowledge of global copyright and legal issues affecting the music industry is unrivaled.

Simon has also authored several management and strategic reports on all aspects of the music industry and completed several music-related consultancy projects for music companies and music retailers.


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Early moves to break the live lockdown illustrate the difficulties in a return to performance

The live music sector has been completely devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in those markets that are seemingly past their peak infection, governments are gradually relaxing social-distancing measures and are drawing up schemes to enable live entertainment events to return. ...

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Dominance of music streaming set to shield record companies from a big COVID-19 hit

As we move towards the time that companies in the music industry start reporting results for 1Q20, all eyes and ears will be on the assessment by executives of how 2Q20 is likely to turn out. The spread of COVID-19 has brought the live sector to an abrupt halt and only the most optimistic could envision the gathering of several thousand people crammed together in front of a stage any time soon. Some of the biggest artists in the world have already written off this year and although livestreaming is booming, it’s only a stopgap and can’t replace the thrill of watching an artist in the flesh.

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Warnings over the impact of COVID-19 on recorded-music sales follow positive results for 2019 in Italy, Spain, and Finland

National trade and retail recorded-music sales results for last year are starting to filter though. FIMI in Italy, Promusicae in Spain, and the IFPI in Finland are the latest to publish details. All three countries registered an increase in sales last year, with Spain the star performer following rises in sales of both physical and digital formats and services. The pattern of sales was fairly uniform, with audio subscriptions the biggest revenue source. The vinyl revival continued, with strong growth reported across the three countries. However, the biggest takeaway from the results was the likely impact on sales this year by the spread of COVID-19. Promusicae went the furthest by saying the recorded-music sector in Spain could see income drop by one third. FIMI commented that sales of physical formats are down sharply so far this year and that streaming levels are down as a result of lockdown measures imposed by the government.

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