Merlin 10th Anniversary “Impact Report” to Celebrate Global Success of its Independent Members

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MERLIN PUBLISHES 10TH ANNIVERSARY “IMPACT REPORT” TO CELEBRATE GLOBAL SUCCESS OF ITS INDEPENDENT LABEL MEMBERSHIP  – HIGHLIGHTS KEY MARKET TRENDS FOR INDIE LABELS, FEATURING CASE STUDIES & NEW DATA FROM MERLIN’S ANNUAL MEMBER SURVEY – ANNUAL REVENUES SURGE TO $0.5BN+  – MEMBERS WITNESS TENFOLD EARNINGS GROWTH FROM LATAM AND EIGHTFOLD FROM ASIA OVER LAST THREE YEARS  – ½ TN STREAM ANALYSIS …

Ten Years: Merlin Expands Global Team and Celebrates A Decade of Growth

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– Marta de la Hoz, Chaida Kapfunde and Quentin Martins will extend the level of service and expertise offered to Merlin’s independent label members    – 2017 saw highest influx of new members. Today, 24th May 2018, Merlin celebrates its tenth anniversary as global digital rights agency for the independent label sector with the announcement of three key new hires; Marta …

SXSW 2018: Merlin to Reveal Global Consumption Boom for Independent Record Labels

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Merlin’s 2017 Latin American earnings increase five-fold in three years – US member labels see streaming revenues from LATAM territories almost double as a percentage of their business Brazil is now the 6th biggest-earning territory for Merlin’s independent label members – ahead of France, Australia and Canada Merlin CEO Charles Caldas to be interviewed on 10 years of Merlin at SXSW today …

Merlin Sets A New Path in China

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Landmark non-exclusive partnerships with NetEase, Alibaba and Tencent lay long-term foundations for the world’s most important independent record labels Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector has today announced its first participation in the fast-evolving Chinese music market – agreeing a series of strategic non-exclusive licensing partnerships with the country’s five leading digital music services: NetEase …

Charles Caldas Listed as One of Billboards 100 Power Players

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In Merlin’s 10th anniversary year, Charles Caldas is recognised as one of the 100 most influential industry leaders worldwide.  Billboard’s Power 100 list can be read here:  https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8096144/billboard-2018-power-100-list

Merlin Announces Board Election Results For 2017-19 Epitaph’s Dave Hansen Is Elected Chairman

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Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, has today announced results of its biennial board elections – including the election of a new Chairman, with Dave Hansen, Epitaph’s SVP of Business Development, replacing Beggars Group founder Martin Mills, who is stepping down by rotation.  Martin served as Chairman since 2011, Merlin’s second following the tenure of Bob Frank, and …

Dubset And Merlin Agree to Partnership Covering Independent Labels

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Merlin Deal Expands MixBANK Catalog to Over 30 Million Tracks Across Nearly 40,000 Independent and Major Labels DubsetMedia, a company bringing transparency, control, and new catalog royalties to rights holders, today announcedthe company has reached an agreement on a partnership with Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector. Under the agreement, Dubset will immediately begin …

A Landmark Day: Merlin Announces A Billion Dollars Paid to Independent Record Labels

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In a landmark day for independent music, Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, has announced its billionth dollar in distributions. Encapsulating sentiment from leading music business figures, Darius Van Arman, co-owner of the Secretly Label Group (Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, ANOHNI, Damien Jurado, Mitski, Dinosaur Jr) commented: “Thanks to Merlin, independent music companies can compete …

Merlin Member Survey 2017: Distributions Grow Eightfold in Four Years To $353m

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MERLIN MEMBER SURVEY 2017 A great leap forward, with one step back Audio streaming growth outstrips video 3-to-1 as distributions to independent labels hit $353m 8th June, New York: – Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, has today unveiled results of their 2017 member survey at A2IM’s annual meeting. Now in its fifth year, the survey …

Merlin Deal Heralds Boost for Master Quality Audio

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MERLIN DEAL HERALDS BOOST FOR MASTER QUALITY AUDIO London, 15 May 2017 – MQA and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, have today announced a multi-year agreement that will support the world’s best-known independent labels to encode their master recordings in MQA’s industry-leading technology. The partnership will boost the uptake and growth ofmaster quality audio streaming, …

Merlin Announces 25% Reduction in Administration Fees for Members

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Merlin announces 25% reduction in administration fees for members as team expands •  New admin fee of 1.5% of revenues represents the sixth reduction in five years, and follows Merlin’s recently-announced multi-year global license agreement with Spotify •  Helen Alexander joins as Finance Director to expand Merlin’s team 26th April 2017:- Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label …

Spotify And Merlin Agree to New Multi-Year Global License Agreement

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Spotify and Merlin agree to new multi-year global license agreement for the world’s leading independent record labels Spotify, the leading global music streaming service, and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, today announced a new multi-year license agreement – ensuring the world’s leading independent record labels and their artists will remain at the core of …

Merlin Opens Japanese Office to Expand Global Operations

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 Haji Taniguchi announced as General Manager Japan  Charles Caldas, CEO Merlin: “decision makes strong strategic sense” 10thOctober, Japan: Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, has opened a Japanese office, significantly expanding the organisation’s operations in the fast-evolving Asian digital music market.  Based in the Ebisu district of central Toyko, the move comes at a …

Merlin Picks Up the Indie Champion Award at This Year’s A2IM Libera Awards

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Merlin is proud to announce that it has received the Independent Champion award at A2IM’s 2016 Libera Awards, as voted by A2IM members.  This is the second year running that Merlin has won this award. Now in their fifth year, the Liberas celebrate the past year of achievements in the independent music community and mark the culmination of A2IM Indie Week.  …

Merlin Membership Survey 2016: Accelerating Digital Growth for Independent Music

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Streaming revenues go global – accelerating digital growth for independent music  – Streaming drives digital surge – revenues paid out to Merlin’s independent label members increases by 73% year-on-year to $232m   – Digital consumption unlocks global markets – 39% report over half of digital revenues originate from outside their home territory, compared with just 16% reporting the same for physical   …

Merlin’s Christopher Tarbet Announced as One of Music Week’s 30 Under 30

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We are incredibly proud of the recognition given by Music Week in the recent announcement of Christopher Tarbet being included in their 30 under 30, which is a list of 30 of the industries brightest young executives.  Here’s what Music Week had to say about Christopher: With multiple nominations from across the independent music community, Chris Tarbet has been described as exceptionally friendly, always …

Merlin Announces 20% Reduction in Administration Fee for Members

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Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, has today announced a significant reduction to its Administration Fee for members.   The Administration Fee on commercial deals is reducing by 20% – from 2.5% of revenues to 2%. It is the fifth time in four years that Merlin has reduced Administration Fees – they are now …

Merlin Announces Board Election Results For 2015-17

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MERLIN ANNOUNCES BOARD ELECTION RESULTS FOR 2015-17    •    Election for Merlin’s 15-member board attracts record numbers of candidates and votes    •    New board members from Secretly Group, Because Music, Secret City Records, Dunedinmusic.com and Africori join representatives from the world’s leading independents including Epitaph Records, PIAS, Tommy Boy, Phonofile, !K7 and Inertia Music    •    Beggars Group founder …

Merlin Named Independent Champion at A2IM’s 2015 Libby Awards

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Merlin is deeply honoured to have received the award for Independent Champion at A2IM’s 2015 Liberia Awards. Now in their fourth year, the “LIBBYs” celebrate the past year of achievements in independent music and mark the culmination of Indie Week. The award is voted for by A2IM members and was presented in a ceremony at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. A full …

Merlin Membership Survey 2015: Surge in Music Streams Delivers Digital Growth for Independent Labels

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•  Merlin’s independent label members cross a digital tipping point – 55% report income from digital services is now their main source of business revenue •  Total digital revenues increase for almost 75% of respondents – 1 in 3 report audio streaming & subscription services now represent their primary source of digital revenue. •  Two-thirds of members report overall business growth in 2014 …

Merlin Agrees Landmark Partnership with Soundcloud – The World’s Leading Independent Labels to Unloc

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Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent sector, has today announced a landmark partnership with SoundCloud that enables more than 20,000 labels and distributors worldwide to extend their existing relationship with the service and benefit from new commercial and promotional opportunities. SoundCloud currently has 175 million unique users each month. The agreement includes the world’s biggest independents, such …

Merlin Announces Multi-Territory Agreement with KKBOX

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Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent sector, has today announced a new partnership with Asia’s leading music streaming service, KKBOX.  It represents Merlin’s first ever pan-Asian specific deal, and covers KKBOX’s home territory of Taiwan, as well as Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Merlin’s membership represents the most valuable set of rights outside of those controlled …

Merlin Hires Technical Operations Manager: Christopher Tarbet Joins from Base79

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Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has hired Christopher Tarbet in the newly-created position of Technical Operations Manager.  Based in London, Tarbet will assist Merlin members worldwide to ensure all practical elements of their participation in Merlin deals are fully optimised – advising on content delivery to digital services and ensuring that members are aware and …

Merlin Opens New York Office – Appoints Jim Mahoney As General Manager U.S.

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16th October 2014 – Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has today announced the official opening of its New York office – appointing Jim Mahoney as General Manager US. The move will ensure Merlin has a permanent base in the world’s largest music market, with the new premises situated at 154 Grand Street, in the NoLita section …