Taylor Swift Writes Letter to Apple Music – No Money – No Music

By on June 21, 2015
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Taylor Swift penned an open letter to Apple Music basically telling them she will not be releasing her album 1989 through Apple without payment. Swift is very unhappy with Apple Music refusing to pay writers, producers or artists for three months during the free 3 months trial they will providing to users.

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Apple Music is set to be available to users as of June 30, 2015 for free for three months. After the initial three months, a monthly single membership is $9.99 and $14.99 for a family.

Taylor wrote:

“To Apple,

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans.

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows.”

Taylor continued by explaining all the people who can’t afford to support themselves and the fact that they need the money to get out of debt or pay their bills.

She also made it clear that her complaints were not coming from “a spoiled, petulant child.” But rather she was echoing the sentiments of “every artist, writer and producer in her social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly.”

Swift said while the service should be free to the users for three months, she is well aware that Apple has more than enough money to pay the artists.

It seems that Taylor’s sentiments are the same as bloggers/writers saying,
“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”

We hear you Taylor. Loud and clear. Working for free is not fun for anyone.

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