The two organisations have struck eleventh-hour deals with Apple Music.
Apple Music has reportedly reached an agreement with independent digital rights organisation Merlin and Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, according to Billboard.
In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, “I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal.”
The agreement comes in the wake of Apple’s reversal of a contract requirement that asked labels to forego royalty payments during a 90-day-free trial offered to Apple Music users. The deal term drew harsh criticism from a number of high profile musicians, including Taylor Swift.
Beggars Group, which comprises four imprints—4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade—released a statement last week strongly opposing Apple’s previous offer. Following Apple’s recent decision to pay artists during the trial period, Beggars Group’s position appears to have changed.
Read Merlin CEO Charles Caldas’ full letter to Merlin members over at Billboard.