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Merlin Announces Its Next Board; Welcomes Nine New Board Members

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Merlin, the independents’ digital music licensing partner, starts the new year announcing its newly-elected Board. The organization’s Board—elected from and by its members—includes representatives from twelve different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania. This diverse expertise will provide strategic guidance to Merlin in better serving its membership — composed of tens of thousands of labels …

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Merlin Partners with Lickd to Make Independent Music Accessible to Creators

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LONDON, 12.01.22: Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced a multi-year deal with Lickd, the platform helping YouTube content creators legally use the music they love. The partnership injects music from tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists across the globe into the flow of usable content, granting Merlin members access to the creator …

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The Benefits of Merlin Partnership

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Merlin ensures our members have access to best in class deals, while providing significant benefits and licensing efficiencies to our digital partners. Merlin, as the independent’s key music licensing partner, makes more music accessible to our partners and the countless people who use their services. If you are a digital service, a deal with Merlin could unlock up to 15% …

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Boomplay and Merlin Extend Licensing Agreement to Cover 47 Countries Across Africa

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LAGOS, NIGERIA and LONDON, UK – DECEMBER 21, 2021 – Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming service and Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, today announced an expansion of their licensing agreement that will extend the availability of Merlin members’ music catalogue to 47 additional countries in Africa. In 2019, Merlin signed a licensing deal covering 11 countries with Boomplay, …

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Merlin Strikes Strategic Partnership with Global Streaming Music App TREBEL

In Featured, News by Megan Dickenson

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced a deal with TREBEL, the maker of a licensed music app with on-demand and offline play sponsored by brand advertisers. TREBEL is partnering with Merlin to expand its users’ access to a wide-ranging repertoire of independent music, as well as building on its mission to grow the pie for everyone — …

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Merlin and JioSaavn Sign Enhanced Global Music Licensing Partnership

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Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has extended and enhanced its existing music licensing partnership with JioSaavn, a leading music and audio streaming service for South Asians.  The expansion of Merlin and JioSaavn’s deal deepens what was already a significant music partnership. The deal marks the first renewal between the two parties since regional music streaming service Saavn merged …

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The Benefits of Merlin Membership

In Featured, News by Merlin Team

es | ja | pt | ko 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 …

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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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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

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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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AIM Connected: “Technology, Capital, and the Future of Independence”

In News by Merlin Team

On March 11th, 2021, AIM hosted AIM Connected, an annual flagship conference that highlights emerging trends in business, tech and people. To learn more about the conference, click here. Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota presented a speech on Technology, Capital, and the Future of Independence. Tune in below to watch the recorded session. About AIM AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing …

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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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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 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 Promotes Jim Mahoney to SVP, Member & Partner Success

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Merlin, the largest and most trusted digital licensing partner for independents, has promoted Jim Mahoney to SVP, Member & Partner Success. As head of the department, he oversees a growing global team based in New York, London, and Tokyo. Mahoney will help Merlin to cultivate deeper relationships between its members and its digital partners across the globe, and drive success …

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Merlin Welcomes Many Hats Endeavors 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 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: Strategically Guiding Independents During a Year of Unprecedented Upheaval

In News by Merlin Team

2020 was a disruptive year for the world. We all stood witness to a global pandemic that shook the entire music ecosystem, virtually shut down the live industry, and drove labels and distributors to explore the boundaries of ingenuity and creativity. It was also a year in which artists used an increasing array of new technologies to connect with fans …

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Joining a Trade Association Helps Members to Maximize their Merlin Membership

In News by Merlin Team

What are trade associations? Trade associations (TAs) are a vital piece of the independent music ecosystem, offering advocacy, education, and community resources to independents. TAs operate as a global network, and consist of independent labels, distributors, and rights-holders from specific regions around the world. WIN connects and supports independent music trade associations globally, and IMPALA works on behalf of associations …