Mail.Ru Group and United Music Agency Partner with Merlin

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Mail.Ru Group, United Media Agency (UMA) and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, have announced a licensing agreement to use Merlin members’ audio and video content for use on Mail.Ru Group’s online platforms.  Representing the most valuable set of rights outside of those controlled by the three major labels, Merlin’s 800-strong membership commands in …

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 …

Merlin Hires Ryan McWhinnie As Director, Legal & Business Affairs

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28th August:-  Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has hired Ryan McWhinnie as Director, Legal & Business Affairs. The newly-created position will see McWhinnie working from the agency’s London office, where he will report to Charlie Lexton, Merlin’s Head of Business Affairs & General Counsel.  McWhinnie joins from media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis LLP, having previously …

Merlin and Pandora Partner to Help Independent Labels and Artists Grow Their Businesses

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LONDON and OAKLAND, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, and Pandora (NYSE:P), the leading internet radio service, today announced a comprehensive partnership designed to help independent labels and artists grow the audiences they reach and the royalties they receive. The deal – which applies to Pandora’s business in the United States …

Merlin Reduces Memer Fees

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by Tom Pakinkis  Global rights agency for the independent label sector, Merlin, has further reduced its commercial deal administration fees for members. As of June 1 2014, the agency’s administration fees relating to commercial deals have been reduced from 3% to 2.5%, or 3.9% to 3.25% for Merlin members who are not part of local independent trade associations. This represents a reduction …

New Data Shows Independent Music Is Helping Drive Streaming Market

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New Data Shows Independent Music Is Helping Drive Streaming Market Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent music sector, has today published new data that highlights the value of independent repertoire across leading streaming services, alongside results of its annual member survey – tracking developments in their digital business. The key findings are: •   Independent music outperforms on streaming services: …

Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members’ Revenue

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By Ed Christman, New York | June 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent music sector, says it collected $89 million from digital music services for its members in the year ended April 30, 2014. The figure is double the amount that it had collected in the prior year and, moreover, Merlin projects that …

Merlin Launches Online Dashboard for Members

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Global indie rights agency Merlin has launched a new online dashboard that allows users instant and secure access to their membership. Powered by Merlin’s web-based reporting and analytics application OTTO, the online system offers each member of the organisation a secure portal where they can manage all of their company information and details of their deal activity since the global …

Appointment of Merlin’s New Board

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by Thomas DroneFriday, Nov 15th 2013 at 10:04AM Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has announced the results of its biennial board election. The vote attracted the highest ever number of candidates, with Merlin members determining the make-up of the 15-seat board. Seats are divided into three territorial blocs, with equal representation given to North America, Europe …

Charles Caldas Op-Ed in VentureBeat Magazine – “Why We Haven’t Reached Digital Music’s Golden Era”

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Charles Caldas (for VentureBeat) – October 23, 2013 12:39 PM Charles Caldas is CEO of global independent music rights agency Merlin. Hypothetically, digital music fans should currently be living through a golden era. But short-sighted interests could be leading us into a dysfunctional new era of the music business instead. Allow me to explain. After an occasionally traumatic period whilst …