Beggars Group boss Martin Mills has been talking about streaming music again, in an interview with Hits Daily Double. He remains broadly positive about the impact it’s having both on indie labels and artists. “I understand the concerns and the issues, because obviously the streaming revenues come in more slowly, but we’re great supporters of Spotify and many of the other streaming services. I think it’s pointless to resist it, because the tide is coming in and you have to go with it,” said Mills. “People are saying that the long-term [revenue picture] is suffering from streaming; I don’t see that. I see artists who sell relatively small numbers of records or downloads profiting from streaming. I see artists who have been around for the last two to five years profiting a lot from streaming. I see that being a big part of their income in many cases, almost as much as half for some.” He also reiterates Beggars’ belief that digital distribution is good for indies: “I think, overall, the digital world has been very beneficial for independents,” said Mills. “The playing field is, for the moment at least, more level on digital. It creates opportunities to get music out to fans, whilst avoiding the traditional, established gatekeepers. I think it allows us to punch above our weight.”

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