Music Matters is a collective effort by artists and others in the international music community that aims to encourage fans to support music creators by using authorized sites and services that pay them.

Please enjoy these inspirational Music Matters videos about the importance of music and its enduring value. Each video looks at the work and lives of musicians past and present, all ending in the message: “and that’s why music matters...” The videos are brought to you by whymusicmatters.org, our counterpart in the United Kingdom, with additional branches in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong

    By Lee Gingold
  • Tinchy Stryder on Jay Z

    Tinchy Stryder on Jay Z

    By Tinchy Stryder
  • Florence and The Machine on Janis Joplin

    Florence and The Machine on Janis Joplin

    By Florence and The Machine
  • Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson

    By The String Theory
  • Paloma Faith on Nina Simone

    Paloma Faith on Nina Simone

    By Show & Tell
  • Bernard Butler

    Bernard Butler

    By Lee Gingold and Bernard Butler
  • Elbow

    Elbow

    By Elliot Dear
  • Fron Choir

    Fron Choir

    By Treat Studios
  • Blind Willie Johnson

    Blind Willie Johnson

    By Matt Watkins (Beat 13)
  • John Martyn

    John Martyn

    By Elliot Dear
  • The Jam

    The Jam

    By Show & Tell
  • Nick Cave

    Nick Cave

    By Sarah Cox & Emma Lazenby
  • Sigur Ros

    Sigur Ros

    By Felix Massie
  • Kate Bush

    Kate Bush

    By Elliot Dear
  • Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

    Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

    By Conor Ryan
  • Enjoy the video “Music Remains” produced by the IFPI

    Enjoy the video “Music Remains” produced by the IFPI

    By IFPI
  • A Chat With NE-YO

    A Chat With NE-YO

    By Why Music Matters