Who We Are

Merlin provides independents the means to own their future. We are a member led, music focused organization. We provide digital music licensing for independents across the globe. Members benefit from Merlin’s premium deals, but work directly with key digital partners, to help them compete at the highest levels. Merlin’s collective approach has enabled our membership to grow to represent 15% of the global market share.
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Who You Are

Our membership consists of independent labels, distributors, and other rights-holders from around the world, representing tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists from every country. The genres represented by our members span the spectrum – from hip hop to Afrobeats, ambient to alternative, Latin to pop, and R&B to rock. Merlin is for independents that want to own their future and ensure their rights are properly valued.
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Who We Are

Merlin provides independents the means to own their future. We are a member led, music focused organization. We provide digital music licensing for independents across the globe. Members benefit from Merlin’s premium deals, but work directly with key digital partners, to help them compete at the highest levels. Merlin’s collective approach has enabled our membership to grow to represent 15% of the global market share.
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Who You Are

Our membership consists of independent labels, distributors, and other rights-holders from around the world, representing tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists from every country. The genres represented by our members span the spectrum – from hip hop to Afrobeats, ambient to alternative, Latin to pop, and R&B to rock. Merlin is for independents that want to own their future and ensure their rights are properly valued.
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What We Do

After we strike a premium deal, Merlin works collaboratively with our digital partners to drive additional benefits to our members while delivering value back to our digital partners. The benefits to our members include:

  • Admin fee of 1.5% ››
  • Free to join and no other fees
  • Transparency for members into deal terms
  • Equity and breakage paid out in a fair manner
  • Participation in deals is voluntary
  • New members typically see an increase in performance on key digital partners
  • Tools and incremental opportunities
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Who We License

Merlin has premium deals with nearly forty digital music services around the world and is in conversations with dozens more. This includes Adaptr, Anghami, Apple, AWA, Boomplay, Deezer, Facebook/Instagram, iHeart, Jaxsta, JioSaavn, JOOX, KKBox, Mixcloud, NetEase Cloud Music, Pandora, Peloton, ROXi, SberZvuk, Slacker, Snap, SoundCloud, Soundtrack Your Brand, Spotify, Tencent, TikTok, TREBEL, Triller, UMA, VEVO, Yandex, and YouTube Music.
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What We Do

After we strike a premium deal, Merlin works collaboratively with our digital partners to drive additional benefits to our members while delivering value back to our digital partners. The benefits to our members include:
  • Admin fee of 1.5% ››
  • Free to join and no other fees
  • Transparency for members into deal terms
  • Equity and breakage paid out in a fair manner
  • Participation in deals is voluntary
  • New members typically see an increase in performance on key digital partners
  • Tools and incremental opportunities
Learn More

Who We License

Merlin has premium deals with nearly forty digital music services around the world and is in conversations with dozens more. This includes Adaptr, Anghami, Apple, AWA, Boomplay, Deezer, Facebook/Instagram, iHeart, Jaxsta, JioSaavn, KKBox, Mixcloud, NetEase Cloud Music, Pandora, Peloton, ROXi, Slacker, Snap, SoundCloud, Soundtrack Your Brand, Spotify, Tencent, TikTok, Triller, UMA, VEVO, Yandex, and YouTube Music.
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  • Merlin puts us directly in a position to make the biggest impact for our digital business. They give us access to sides of the business we never knew existed.

    James Rhodes, Vice President & Co-founder
    FiXT (USA)
    Member Since 2015

  • Merlin has become a vital organisation for us. From negotiating deals with digital services to the extra marketing opportunities, we truly believe they have independents' best interest at heart.

    Gemma Hart, Digital Manager
    Hospital Records (UK)
    Member Since 2008

  • Merlin eliminates obstacles to help us partner with new platforms, increases our revenues worldwide through marketing opportunities, and provides us with resource assistance through a team of experts.

    David Raimbaud, Head of Digital
    Wiseband (France)
    Member Since 2010

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