Tell it like it is, Taylor!
Sometimes I think Taylor Swift is an entitled twee giraffe and sometimes I think she’s an eloquent artist petitioning for better treatment. Before I see another instagram of her cats, I’m gonna say she’s acting more like the latter.
In a post on her blog, Taylor Swift very politely criticizes Apple Streaming’s new policy of three free months, saying that it really hurts emerging artists and creators and that ain’t okay:
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. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.
hese are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.
(via Taylor Swift)
There’s more on Taylor’s blog, but you get the drift. What do you think of her sentiment- do you agree three months free should be abolished?