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Adaptr, Feed Media Group’s All-In-One Music Solution for Startups, Inks Deal with Merlin

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Deal Unlocks Independent Music Catalogs for Early-Stage Start-ups Feed Media Group, the leading B2B music licensing subscription service, announced today that it has signed a music licensing deal with Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, for its Adaptr product. Adaptr is a subscription-based platform that makes it easy for startups to use music, and this deal provides access to …

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The Benefits of Merlin Membership

In Featured, News by Merlin Team

Merlin, the independent’s music licensing partner, strikes premium deals with the industry’s most important digital partners and makes those deals available to its members around the world. Our members include labels, distributors, artist services companies, DIY platforms, artist management, and hybrid entities. Our strength is in our global diversity – our Board, our members, our team, and our partnerships. As …

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Floris van Dam Joins Merlin as VP of Insights

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Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced the hire of Floris van Dam as VP of Insights. Van Dam, the former International Head of Research & Analysis for Warner Music Group, will interface with Merlin’s digital partners and members to ensure that every member can benefit from marketplace and partner insights and take full advantage of opportunities. Van …

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JOOX and Merlin Announce Licensing Agreement, Expanding Access and Driving Value to Audiences

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Merlin is excited to announce a new licensing agreement with JOOX, a leading music streaming platform in Asia. JOOX is a new strategic partner that gives Merlin members access to new audiences in Asia, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, as well as South Africa. The agreement between the parties licenses Merlin content via JOOX’s ad-supported and …

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NetEase Cloud Music and Merlin Extend Strategic Partnership in China

In Featured, News by Merlin Team

Merlin is proud to announce the extension of our strategic partnership with NetEase Cloud Music, a leading interactive music streaming service provider in China, to include a wider range of cooperation. The multi-year licensing deal will include access to additional marketing and promotional opportunities for Merlin members. “Deepening our direct relationship with Merlin marks another important step in our strategy …

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The Path to Merlin Membership

In Featured, News by Merlin Team

We’re excited you’re interested in learning more about joining Merlin. In order to potentially qualify for membership, applicants need to satisfy the following requirements: Your digital rights are free from obligations to third parties. You must control your digital rights free from obligations to third parties like distributors or licensors. You can professionally deliver your content to digital music services.  …

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Merlin Promotes Chaida Kapfunde to Director, Technology & Business Solutions

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Merlin, the world’s largest and most trusted digital licensing partner for independents, has promoted Chaida Kapfunde to Director, Technology & Business Solutions, now reporting directly to the CEO. Since 2017, Kapfunde has served as Merlin’s Head of Technology and Development, overseeing the organization’s needs in infrastructure and product development and overseeing the engineering team. As head of the department, he …

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Merlin Member Updates – FaroLatino

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In recent months, we’ve had the privilege to interview many of our members about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted the music ecosystem and their businesses. Even as our resilience is being tested, our members have pivoted their businesses and found new ways to support their artists. It’s been genuinely inspiring to hear about many of their successes. …

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Merlin Promotes Chris Tarbet to Director, Commercial Partnerships

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Merlin, the world’s largest and most trusted digital licensing partner for independents, is proud to announce the promotion of Chris Tarbet to Director, Commercial Partnerships. In his elevated position, Tarbet will lead the global team that supports and empowers Merlin members to maximize their opportunities with digital partners, driving incremental value to Merlin’s members from existing partners, as well as …

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Merlin Member Updates – Hopeless Records

In Featured, Member, News by Merlin Team

In recent months, we’ve had the privilege to interview many of our members about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted the music ecosystem and their businesses. Even as our resilience is being tested, our members have pivoted their businesses and found new ways to support their artists. It’s been genuinely inspiring to hear about many of their successes. …

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Merlin Welcomes Euphoria Media Group as a New Member

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Merlin is pleased to welcome 81 independent labels, distributors, and other rights-holders as new members in 2020. These new members, like all of Merlin’s membership, embody the spirit of independence. This is the second feature in a series to highlight Merlin’s new members. In March of 2020, Merlin welcomed Euphoria Media Group, a Hong Kong-based music distribution and media company …

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Merlin Member Updates – Aparataje

In Featured, Member, News by Merlin Team

In recent months, we’ve had the privilege to interview many of our members about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted the music ecosystem and their businesses. Even as our resilience is being tested, our members have pivoted their businesses and found new ways to support their artists. It’s been genuinely inspiring to hear about many of their successes. …

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Merlin Welcomes Many Hats Endeavors as a New Member

In Featured, News by Merlin Team

Merlin is pleased to welcome 81 independent labels, distributors, and other rights-holders as new members in 2020. These new members, like all of Merlin’s membership, embody the spirit of independence. This is the first in a series to highlight Merlin’s new members.  Merlin is proud to welcome Many Hats Endeavors as a new member. Based out of Philadelphia, USA, Many …

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Merlin’s Celebrate Music Event

In Event, Featured, News by Merlin Team

If you missed our Celebrate Music event on January 13th, you can watch an event recap above, or watch a recording of the full event below. Thank you to our members, our digital partners, and our board for making this possible. Here’s to celebrating independent music throughout 2021 and beyond!

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Merlin Member Updates – !K7

In Featured, Member, News by Merlin Team

In recent months, we’ve had the privilege to interview many of our members about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted the music ecosystem and their businesses. Even as our resilience is being tested, our members have pivoted their businesses and found new ways to support their artists. It’s been genuinely inspiring to hear about many of their successes. …

“Our Members’ Success Is Our Success”: Merlin Makes Key Hires to Deliver More Value to its Growing Member Base

In Featured, News by Merlin Team

2020 has been a dynamic year of challenges, innovation, and hard work for Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner. In January, Merlin welcomed Jeremy Sirota as the new CEO from his prior role as a senior executive on the Facebook Music team. Jeremy has helped to guide Merlin through a year of evolution and expansion. As a digital-only company, …

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Tencent Music Entertainment and Merlin Renew Multi-Year Licensing Agreement

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Tencent Music Entertainment Group (Tencent Music or TME, NYSE: TME), the leading online music entertainment platform in China, and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independents, jointly announced that the two parties have renewed their multi-year licensing and cooperation agreement. As part of the renewal, TME and Merlin will deepen their longstanding strategic partnership, explore ways to …

Merlin: Enabling Provocative Music Since 2008

In Featured, News by Jeremy Sirota

Written by Jeremy Sirota Independent music is provocative. It can be audacious, disruptive, and defiant. Independent music can shake you out of your comfort zone. It can rattle your assumptions. For myself, I’ve always been attracted to the provocateurs. Artists like Fugazi, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, The Stooges, and other rebels who cause us to think about the world in new ways. …

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Amuse Joins Merlin To ‘Secure The Most Artist-Friendly Terms’ from Spotify, TikTok and More

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Fast-growing, Stockholm-based distribution company Amuse – which also runs its own in-house record label – has joined independent collective licensing agency Merlin. The move means that Amuse’s artists will benefit from commercial terms of Merlin’s multi-territory licensing deals with the likes of Spotify, TikTok, Pandora, Facebook, Boomplay and Deezer, as well as China’s Alibaba, NetEase Cloud Music and Tencent Music. Merlin strikes agreements with …

Merlin Promotes Charlie Lexton to Chief Operating Officer

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In an expanded role, Lexton will continue to oversee Merlin’s deal-making efforts. New remit includes oversight of Merlin’s Data Analytics practice alongside commercial and business affairs. Merlin, the digital licensing hub for the world’s independent music sector, has today announced the promotion of Charlie Lexton to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Lexton now oversees a London-based …

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Merlin and TikTok Agree to a Landmark Global Music Licensing Partnership

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Merlin, the digital licensing hub for the world’s independent music sector, has entered into a multi-territory partnership with TikTok, the world’s leading destination for short-form mobile video with a mission to inspire creativity and bring joy. The deal is effective immediately and represents a significant music partnership. It means the world’s leading independent music repertoire will be licensed for use …

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Merlin Appoints Jeremy Sirota as the New Chief Executive Officer

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Sirota joins from Facebook’s Music Team Merlin diversifies its board, adding eight new executives from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, the Netherlands, North America and South Korea Epitaph’s Dave Hansen appointed Merlin’s Executive Chairperson Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, has today announced the appointment of Jeremy Sirota as the organisation’s new CEO. Sirota, a widely …

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Boomplay And Merlin Bring the World’s Best Independent Music to Africa

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A landmark licensing partnership with Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, will ensure that Boomplay, Africa’s biggest and fastest growing music service, now has access to the world’s most coveted and in-demand independent music repertoire.  Established in 2008, Merlin’s membership currently embodies more than 20,000 record labels and distributors from over 60 countries – commanding …