Apple Music endorsed by Worldwide Independent Network

Another indie organisation has given its blessing to the streaming service.

Just hours after Beggars Group and Merlin struck their own deals with Apple Music, the Worldwide Independent Network has endorsed the streaming service.

“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,” said WIN CEO Alison Wenham in a statement.

“With these changes we are happy to support and endorse the deal. Apple has a long-standing, deep-rooted relationship with the music community and has always helped ensure artists get paid for their work.”

An organization that represents the interests of the global independent music community, WIN’s members include a number of independent music rights bodies including A2IM and CIMA, who previously criticised Apple’s decision not to pay rights holders during the three-month trial period.

Earlier this month a leaked contract that revealed the company was initially not going to pay money to rights holders during that period drew criticism from many musicians, including Taylor Swift. [via Billboard]