Open Letter From Congress Rips Spotify’s Controversial Discovery Mode, Seeks Financial Transparency – EDM.com

Congressional leaders representing the Caucus on Multicultural Media are taking an issue with a perceived lack of financial transparency on the part of Spotify.

In a recent letter dated March 26th and signed by Democrat Representatives Tony Cardenas, Yvette D. Clarke, and Judy Chu, the caucus raised concerns that the streaming giant’s controversial Discovery Mode presents artists with a “prisoner’s dilemma,” when it comes to their ability to monetize on the platform.

Discovery Mode, unveiled in November of 2020, is a relatively new feature on the Spotify platform which allows artists the option to boost the visibility of their songs on the platform in exchange for a lower promotional royalty rate.

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