One by one yesterday, independent music trade groups and labels announced they would be signing revised contracts with Apple Music. It was a major victory for indies who had objected to Apple's plan not to pay royalties during their free trial, but it quickly became clear that they would still not be paying the full rate.
Recork the champagne and put your pen back in the drawer. When Apple exec Eddie Cue reversed course, promising Taylor Swift and the world that "artists will be paid" during its free 90 day trials, the indie music community rejoiced. But the reality of what Apple Music will pay is likely far less than expected.
Today French indie music trade group UPFI joined their US, UK, and French counterparts in denouncing Apple Music's 3 month free trial which would pay no royalties. "Apple may cause a loss of income which may be considerable for all labels whose activity is based on the release of new products," they wrote in an open letter to Apple.
The protests against Apple Music are growing. Upset over a 90 day free trial that returns no revenue to rights holders, US indie music trade group A2IM led the charge. AIM added the voices of UK labels including a particularly vocal Beggars Group. Now 1300 indies in the world's 3rd largest music market are also speaking out.
The indie chorus concerned about the effect of Apple Music's 90 day free trial is getting louder. In an open letter to the industry, Martin Mills, founder of one of Europe's biggest indies Beggars, joined US and UK trade groups A2IM and AIM in calling on Apple to change the policy. The letter also expressed concerns about Apple's new music social network CONNECT.
Led by U.S. trade group A2IM, indie labels are threatening not to sign on to Apple Music because of a 90 day free trial during which no payments will be made to artists, labels or publishers. We joined in suggesting that labels might consider not releasing new music for 90 days, and now the UK's top indie music organization has weighed in.
Digital music distributor and YouTube multi-channel network (MCN) ONErpm has opened a Brooklyn studio so creators in its network can produce HD videos at no charge. ONErpm MCN's recently hit 700 million views per month on YouTube.
After a source shared the contract that Apple Music was offering independent record labels, we wrote about Apple's insistence that no money would be paid to rightsholders during the 90 day free trial of its new subscription music service launching on June 30th.
It's often tempting to dismiss the Grammys as irrelevant. But face it, there's not much that can equal the PR and sales bump that the Grammys do. To make sure that you don't miss any deadlines, the folks at A2IM, who produce the great Libera indie music awards, offer a guide.
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[UPDATED] Vinyl has helped to revive the otherwise struggling independent record store sector. Now indie music retailers are taking the promotion of vinyl beyond their annual Record Store Day with Vinyl Tuesdays.