Beggars Group share concern about how Apple Music will treat independent labels

The label collective will not be signing an agreement with the streaming service yet.


Words by: Aurora Mitchell

While some are excited about the prospect of Apple making moves to join the rapidly expanding world of music streaming services, Beggars Group have released a statement saying that they will not be participating in Apple's new endeavour yet.

The group, which comprises of 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Turks, say that they feel this type of streaming service is "only resulting in taking the “mium” out of freemium" by making Apple Music royalty-free. Apple's free trial system makes it difficult for labels who want to see monetary benefits from streaming their music with them.

The terms of Apple Music will heavily cater towards major labels and their acts which causes major problems for independents still wanting to have their music distributed by Apple. Despite not currently reaching an agreement, Beggars Group are hopeful that they can join the service on terms that will be benefitial to them and their artists. 

You can read the full statement from Beggars Group here.