Important Update on Apple Music
We’re pleased to see that Apple Music has reconsidered the decision that motivated CIMA President Stuart Johnston to speak out on the issues outlined in the letter below. Apple Music announced, initially through the Twitter feed of Senior VP of Internet Services & Software Eddy Cue, that it would be paying rights holders during the 90-day free trial after all. More details can be found via Billboard: http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6605569/apple-changes-course-will-pay-labels-during-free-trial
With CIMA’s open letter being picked up by the Toronto Star and Exclaim! (among others), it’s clear that CIMA was not alone in our criticism of Apple Music’s initial decision to not pay rights holders for the use of their music during Apple’s 90-day free trial to consumers. Joined by our sister indie organizations like A2IM (new statement here), and AIM, alongside key industry voices like Beggars Group and Taylor Swift (among many, many others) in voicing discontent, equitable and fair compensation for the music community is a core issue for everyone in the music industry.
We thank Apple Music for hearing our concerns loud and clear, and for committing to the fair and equitable treatment of music creators and rights holders.