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How Damian Thomas Helps Independents Dominate The Digital Music Realm

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Merlin’s Executive Interview Series offers a range of independent voices from Merlin members around the world. This piece features Damian Thomas, Director, Recorded Music & Digital Accounts at KARTEL. You came to KARTEL after several years at Warner Music Group. What first led to you kicking off a career in the music industry?  Music was my passion from an early age. My …

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Merlin Presents: Twitch Indies Raids

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Presented By Twitch and Merlin  August 17th, Exclusively on Twitch  Twitch and Merlin come together to present a livestreamed charity “relay raid.”  The relay raid will feature back-to-back performances from some of today’s hottest independent hip hop artists. Throughout the event, viewers will be automatically directed to each performance and can donate to MusicCares by clicking the link provided in …

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From Berlin to NYC to Ninja Tune: Marie Clausen’s Independent Music Journey

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Merlin’s Executive Interview Series offers a range of independent voices from Merlin members around the world. This piece features Marie Clausen, Managing Director North America at Ninja Tune. What led you to be interested in music? It was absolutely the cultural environment that I was immersed in during my teenage years. I was surrounded by inspired people who were making …

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Merlin Congratulates the 2022 Libera Award Winners

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Congratulations to all independents who were nominated and won at the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards. The following is a list of Merlin Members who won. You can catch a recap of the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards Presented by Merlin here. Record of the YearJapanese Breakfast – Jubilee (Dead Oceans) Secretly Group Video of the YearWet Leg – “Chaise Longue” ( Domino Recording …

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Merlin Partners with South Korean Streaming Giant FLO

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View the Korean version of this article here Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is expanding global access for independent artists through its broad new partnership with FLO, one of South Korea’s biggest music streaming apps. With over 8.5 million listeners in South Korea on digital music services, Merlin members now have the potential to increase their artists’ fan …

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Merlin Congratulates Its Member Grammy Winners for 2022

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Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, extends a heartfelt congratulations to its members who are celebrating their artist wins at the 2022 Grammys. 16 categories saw awards go to artists who work with Merlin members. Merlin applauds all of this year’s nominees and would like to highlight its members’ winners: Los Lobos (New West Records/Redeye/PIAS) – Best Americana Album …

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Twitch and Merlin Announce Strategic Partnership to Empower Independents to Better Engage Audiences

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Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, today announced a dynamic new agreement with Twitch, the interactive live streaming service for content spanning gaming, entertainment, sports, music, and more. Through its creator-first culture, Twitch has served as a powerful service for fan engagement and new music discovery. This partnership recognizes the power of independent artists and their impact in the …

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Merlin、次期理事会を発表、新任9名を迎え入れる

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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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Merlinパートナーシップのメリット

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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

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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とJioSaavnが強化されたグローバル音楽ライセンスパートナーシップを締結

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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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Merlinメンバーになるメリット

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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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Feed Media Groupのスタートアップ向けオールインワン音楽ソリューション「Adaptr」がMerlin社と契約を締結

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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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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メンバーになるためには

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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

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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 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 …