Merlin, th Virtual Fifth Major, To Join Spotify At Launch

In News by Merlin Team

October 7, 2008: MERLIN, the recently-formed independent global rights agency, whose membership comprises the largest basket of rights outside the four major labels, today announced a landmark agreement with the newly launched Spotify digital music service, which has recognised the importance of independent music to its service. Spotify offers instant access to a world of music that its users will …

MySpace Music Launches Without World’s Leading Independent Labels and Artists

In News by Merlin Team

25th September, 2008 – Said Charles Caldas – CEO, Merlin, Global Rights Body For Independent Sector: “It is incredibly disappointing that MySpace will launch their new service without having finalised a deal with the world’s most important independent labels and artists. It certainly makes Chris DeWolfe’s public statements*, that the “indie bands are really the heart of MySpace”, ring extremely …

Global Rights Body for Independent Music Grows to 8% Share of US Market

In News by Merlin Team

Position Now Equal to that of EMI Music Represents Biggest Bundle of Rights Outside the Four Major Labels Memberships Tops 12,000 Labels in 1st Month UK Members Command 75% market Share of the Top 75 Independent Albums of 2007 New York, NY – June 11, 2008: Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independent music, has seen its membership …

Global Rights Body Merlin Opens Doors To World’s Independents

In News by Merlin Team

All Independent Labels, Distributors And Aggregators Invited To Join Former EMI Europe Business Affairs Head Charlie Lexton Engaged Midem, Cannes 27th January 2008– Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents, today opened its doors to label, distributor and aggregator members across the world. Within the coming days membership documents will be circulated via the global network of national …

World’s First Global Indies Rights Body Merlin Launches Website

In News by Merlin Team

www.merlinnetwork.org Full details of aims, scope, structure, membership eligibility English, French and Spanish at launch, additional translations to follow Mandates being prepared 19th November, 2007: Independent music companies the world over have a new online focus thanks to the launch today of www.merlinnetwork.org, the official website of Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents. The site provides a …

Frank Takes Helm as Merlin Appoints First Chairman

In News by Merlin Team

Mon 8th October, 2007: Merlin, the world’s first rights body for the global independent record sector, have appointed their first Chairman in Bob Frank of US independent Koch Records. As the final step in agreeing a fully-functioning board, Frank was unanimously elected by fellow board members and will sit for a term of one year, after which a new Chairman …

Merlin Calls Elections for Full Board

In News by Merlin Team

Fifteen Positions Available Nominations Invited From All Independents – Labels, Distributors, Aggregators Global Selection Process To Deliver Global Representation Major Step Towards Incorporation – Most Important Initiative Global Independent Sector Will Likely Ever Undertake 13th July, 2007: Merlin, the world’s first global rights body for independents, today opened elections for fifteen available positions on its inaugural full Board. Nominations were …

Merlin Appoints Interim Board

In News by Merlin Team

To Set Up World’s First Global Licensing Agency – Representing World Independent Community Monday 16th April, 2007 Charles Caldas CEO Merlin, the world’s first global music new media licensing agency, representing the world’s independent record sector (artists including The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, De La Soul and Cat Power), has appointed Merlin’s Interim board. Its remit is to …