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Joining the record industry 15 years ago for the music then falling in love with the business, his passion is helping creative people fulfill their entrepreneurial potential. A 25 year finance career detouring through film, TV and music publishing before recorded music, including executive roles at Universal and Sony. It’s now an absolute privilege to be working to support independents across the breadth of the Merlin membership

Adam Wright, CFO, London
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Joined in 2019 (before Merlin, worked at Sony Music, iTunes Japan and Spotify). Passionate about activating trade between the Japanese and global music industries! First live concert: RC Succession.

Akira Nomoto, GM, Japan & SEA, Japan
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Merlin has improved my music appreciation beyond all recognition! Love cooking, walking, gardening and playing tennis. New skill acquired this year: kayaking on the river amongst the swans, beautiful.

Annie Eagland, Financial Accountant, London
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Flew from Greece, and driven by my passion for solving problems with powerful tools, landed in Merlin where we build innovative solutions for the music industry. Love a good riddle and a good salsa! First album ever purchased is Green Day - American idiot, and of course if I'm not in the office you'll probably find me either chatting with friends or on the dance floor!

Apostolos Koutronas, Software Developer, London
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I’ve always loved music and have an embarrassingly broad music taste, so I was thrilled when I started working for Merlin, and was able to interact with so many different types of music. Since joining I've been inspired to learn to play guitar (with the aim to join the Merlin House band and not get stuck with a tambourine). When I’m not in the office you could find me exploring London, or in a coffee shop.

Beth Lindsay, Merlin Coordinator, Member & Partner Success, London
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I'm a classically trained violist who fell backwards into the music industry nearly 13 years ago. I fell in love with exploring, understanding, and democratizing content and metadata and have never looked back. I'm often filling my time outside of work with buying too many records, baking, or making questionable crafts with my kids.

Caitie Sarnie, Technical Operations Manager, North Carolina
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Over 15 years’ experience in the tech world as a software developer, programme manager and leading an organisations technical strategy. I’ve also always had a passion for creativity, finding ways to express myself through music and writing code.

Chaida Kapfunde, Director, Technology & Business Solutions, London
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Business-oriented, commercially astute entertainment industry executive. Specialist in exploitation of music/digital rights. Over 20 years’ industry experience in the international music industry. Highly numerate and creative problem solver. Experienced and effective negotiator. History of successfully leading complex and high value negotiations. Long term participant in the transformation of the music industry from a physical to digital business.

Charlie Lexton, COO, London

Long time music-obsessive, record collector, promoter and technology geek. Forever thankful to have the opportunity to turn these passions into a career and proud to work with the incredible breadth of music that passes through the Merlin membership.

Chris Tarbet, Director, Commercial Partnerships, London
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Formerly a recording and touring musician and label co-founder who's happy to still be working in independent music, donning a new hat here at Merlin. I love poetry, sci-fi, thrifting, and long walks through Queens in search of delicious foods.

Daniele Yandel, Manager, Member & Partner Success, New York
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A childhood obsession with only tolerating music made 20+ years before I was born, I’ve luckily broadened my music tastes quite a lot since then and am known for keeping extensive lists of my favourite new artists. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to celebrate independence on a daily basis and love working with our fantastic members. When I’m not at work, you can find me down the pub.

Emma Robinson, Director, Member Operations, London
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Full-time music lover and part-time law student, I am fortunate to be able to pursue a career that merges two of my passions. Hailing from South Africa, my music taste stretches from Kwaito to Kurt Cobain and everything in between. When I’m not working or studying, you can find me watching (and rewatching) Ru Paul’s Drag Race or cooking up a storm.

Emma Cooper, Paralegal, Business and Legal Affairs, London
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Started at an indie (Roadrunner Records), which reminds me of the common dedication and passion for music people had over there. Being able to represent and support this side of the business two decades later again is super exciting.

Floris van Dam, Vice President, Reporting & Insights. Zwolle, The Netherlands
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I am a finance graduate with an incredibly broad music taste. You’ll find me listening to anything from pop to southern rock to musical soundtracks, and everything in between. When I’m not at work I enjoy trying new restaurants and cocktail bars, or going on forest walks with my dog.

Grace Styles, Finance Assistant, London
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An Accounting and Finance Graduate who joined Merlin in September 2022. Working in the Media industry for many years as an Accounts Assistant, it was time to experience a different sector. I’ve been listening to Music since the age of 13 with my favourite genre being British hip hop. In my spare time I’m either at the gym, playing football or at home watching movies/series.

Hasan Ali, Finance Assistant, London
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Picked up a guitar at 15 and now almost have more guitars than I have fingers! Avid foodie and wannabe home cook so I'm always in the kitchen rustling something up. I enjoy many genres but I'm usually nodding to metal or prog. Outside of the office you can find me hunting around for a good restaurant or at a badminton session.

James Choo, Finance Manager, London
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I'm a (self-proclaimed) karaoke queen, dog lover, terrible cook, and most importantly, big music fan. In my years in the music industry, I've found a love for helping amazing artists and their music thrive, and I am happy to continue to do so for all of our Merlin members.

Janely Fernandez, Member Relations and Commercial Partnerships Manager, New York
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While he was raised on the beaches of Southern California, Jeremy’s role at Merlin weaves together his lifelong passions for music and technology. As CEO of Merlin, Jeremy leads a global organization that helps enable independents to own their future. Prior to Merlin, he held senior roles at Warner Music and the Facebook music team, and was a technology lawyer at Morrison & Foerster.

Jeremy Sirota, CEO, New York
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I'm a singer first and foremost, but I've moonlighted as a studio assistant, engineer, songwriter, and producer for artists before moving to New York City in 2018. My deep love for electronic music spans the globe and I am thrilled to be working with Merlin members to provide them with the support and resources they need to thrive. I am so happy to be part of a team that prioritizes independent labels.

Jerica Bello, Coordinator, Member & Partner Success
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Jim Mahoney is Merlin’s SVP of Member and Partner Success. He originally joined the team in 2014 to establish the organization’s North American office. An indie lifer, Mahoney's career includes roles as VP of A2IM, Board member of SoundExchange and senior executive positions at Fat Beats Records & Distribution, Roadrunner Records and Profile Records. His adult life and career can be directly traced back to the opening moments of Run-DMC’s “Rock Box”.

Jim Mahoney, SVP, Member & Partner Success, New York
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Having worked in grant funding and artist management, I joined Merlin for its shared ethos of supporting and empowering independent music. Outside of work, I'm part of the composition/production duo ‘bloodmoon’, writing for clients including VICE, Al Jazeera and Tesla. I also love travel and am looking forward to tackling Everest Base Camp with my partner in 2022!

Joe Danher, Manager, Member & Partner Success, London
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I began playing drums at the age of 8, later learning to play guitar, which grew my interest in music production. Most nights you will find me recording music or binge watching the latest Netflix series. I am always on the lookout for interesting music gear.

Joseph Cortes, Royalty Reporting Coordinator, London
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I first heard my favorite album ‘Addicted’ by Devin Townsend at University, since then I’ve been well and truly hooked on everything he does. When I’m not in the office you can find me at the gym, on my bike or constructing some sort of crafty creation. I’m a big lover of winter sports, heavy metal and a lockdown gardener!

Katie Eckett, Manager, Business & Legal Affairs, London
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A Korean born and raised in Japan who spends more than 1/10 of a year (literally) listening to music. I would like to contribute to create a progressive music ecosystem that utilizes modern technologies, and benefit all players - especially for the artists. Also a die-hard football fan.

Kwi Soo Shin, Coordinator, Member & Partner Success, Tokyo
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I'm a creative at heart and have incorporated the arts into various parts of my personal life whether it was through picking up an instrument, singing, dropping into a dance class, or learning cinematography.

Kyle Elwin, Senior Manager, People & Culture
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Trained in economics and film I somehow landed in the independent music industry 8 years ago. In Merlin I found a place where I can help the independents achieve their goals through the power of data, insight and analytics. Love a good spreadsheet, sci fi films (or any genre for that matter) and playing sports.

Marta de la Hoz, Director, Business Analytics, London
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I have always had a passion for creativity and tech, in the product space is where these two can harmonise beautifully. Born and raised in South Africa, and now living on the South Coast of England. I love the outdoors and when I am not obsessing about product and processes, you will find me on the beach, pottering in the garden, or out walking the dog.

Melanie Zacks, Product Manager, Brighton (England)
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Music has been a passion of mine since competing in the Welsh Eisteddfod throughout my school years. A recent university graduate eager to learn more about the industry at Merlin. When I’m not immersing myself in music you’ll find me swimming, running or with my head in a book.

Mili Payne (Royalty Reporting Coordinator), London
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Loves creating software that deals with those issues that takes up all of your time. Can sometimes be found mudlarking on the banks of the Thames, looking for great dive spots along the coast or just searching for fossils.

Nico Loubser, Lead Software Developer, London
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Started out on piano, then found my way to the cello, guitar, and drums. Began my career playing guitar for a Bollywood singer. Love scheming up new ideas to support creatives. Find me on a mountain bike or lost in a history book when I'm not in the office.

Pavan Vasdev, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, New York
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As an expert in the YouTube environment, I help members maximise the value of their usage of the platform and its CMS.

Quentin Martins, Commercial Partnerships Manager, London
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I came to Merlin just after graduating from university, with the hopes it was the perfect place for a music label nerd wanting to make some first steps in the music industry. I’ve now dabbled in a few different roles before settling down in our Commercial Partnerships team. After work, find me at a gig (perhaps even on stage), or reading a heavy book on cultural studies.

Poppy Waring, Manager, Member & Partner Success, London
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I'm a songwriter and guitarist working in the space of Royalties and Data Analytics since 2018! Previously working with Domino Publishing and Warner Chappell, I'm excited to be at Merlin and champion independent creatives. You will often find me sipping coffee in the park, watching budget horror movies or tending to my many house plants!

Rosie Reeves, Senior Reporting Coordinator
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Ryan joined the Merlin business and legal affairs team in 2014 and is dedicated to helping independents achieve best in class deals. Best gig: dancing to a frenzied drum watching RATM in Lisbon, 2008. First album: Cool Runnings soundtrack.

Ryan McWhinnie, Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs, London
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Growing up in Camden Town to say that my playlist selection is broad would be an understatement. Die-hard Amy Winehouse fan (especially when I’m doing housework!) When I’m not in the office, find me getting a tattoo listening to Training day - Potter Payper.

Savannah Puleston, Global Administrator
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I’m a lifelong music lover & started my music industry career at Glassnote Records in 2018 where I worked as a digital production coordinator turned project manager until April 2021. Extracurricular activities include watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cry-singing to Phoebe Bridgers’ album Punisher & ordering overpriced Thai food at least once a week.

Shannon Bradley, Member Relations & Commercial Partnerships Manager, New York
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Finding identity through music one track at a time. From playing Indian classical music to discovering UK garage as a teenager, and everything in between. Can be found wandering around an arts and crafts shop or trying out a new recipe.

Shrina Patel, Director, Business & Legal Affairs, London
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I love spending my time playing guitar and producing music on the computer. I’m really enthusiastic about electronic, hip hop and indie music. And when I’m not working, I am often watching a film or finding the next programme to binge.

Tom Curtis, Business Analyst Coordinator, London
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How it started: 8 years ago, finance graduate trainee with zero practical experience
How it’s going: experienced finance team leader with knowledge gained across a diverse group of companies. At Merlin I get to run numbers in a context I’m passionate about. I’m told the music world is like no other. So the learning continues. Talk to me about: travel, running, Lebron James and of course finance.

Vincent Moyo, Head of Finance, London
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The Merlin Board*

Darius Van Arman

Chairperson
Co-Owner — Secretly
USA

Pascal Bittard

Board Member
Owner — IDOL
France

Marie Clausen

Board Member
Managing Director North America — Ninja Tune
USA

Michel Lambot

Board Member
Co-Founder — [PIAS]
Belgium

Tom Deakin

Board Member
Head of EMEA — AudioSalad
UK

Chris Maund

Board Member
COO — Mushroom Labels
Australia

Carlos Mills

Board Member
Founder & CEO — Mills Records
Brazil

Martin Mills

Board Member
Founder & CEO — Beggars Group
UK

Sandra Ortega

Board Member
Director of Global Partnerships — Altafonte
Mexico

Louis Posen

Board Member
President & Executive Director — Hopeless Records
USA

Jason Taylor

Board Member
Director of Sales & Label Relations — Redeye
USA

Horst Weidenmueller

Board Member
CEO — !K7
Germany

Justin West

Board Member
President — Secret City Records
Canada

Michael Ugwu

Board Member
CEO — Freeme Digital
Nigeria

Pieter van Rijn

Board Member
CEO — FUGA
The Netherlands

Yushi Yamashita

Board Member
President — RightsScale
Japan

Katie Alberts

Advisory Board Member
COO — Reach Records
USA

Glen Barros

Advisory Board Member
Managing Partner — Exceleration
USA

Rachel Buswell

Advisory Board Member
Head of Digital Partnerships & Analytics — Domino Recording Company
UK

Megan Jasper

Advisory Board Member
CEO — Sub Pop

* The Merlin Board is an advisory committee to the statutory directors of Merlin’s holding company, Merlin Network (Global Independent Digital) Company Limited by Guarantee