The Merlin Board - Merlin

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The Merlin Board*:

  • Informs the Merlin team with a diversity of voices and innovative perspectives from across our global membership.
  • Ensures that our organizational objectives equally benefit all members, regardless of size, region, or catalog.
  • Elected by and from Merlin’s global membership.

Responsibilities of the Merlin Board

The Merlin Board is responsible for:

  • Governance, oversight and approvals including the admin fee percentage, Merlin’s annual budget, equity holdings, the Merlin membership agreement, and the Merlin membership criteria.
  • Providing perspective into independent activity and local music industries in countries around the world.
  • Participating in strategic conversations and ensuring that what’s important to independents is being heard by the Merlin Team.

Structure of the Merlin Board

  • The Merlin Board has a total of 16 board seats, with nominations and elections held every two years for all seats.
  • The Merlin Board is divided regionally to ensure geographic and cultural diversity, as follows:
    –  5 Board Members from the US & Canada
    –  5 Board Members from the UK & Europe
    –  5 Board Members from all other regions
    –  1 rotating Board Member seat
  • Every Merlin Member is eligible to nominate a candidate (provided that member joined Merlin at least one year prior to the election process) and every member has an equal vote to elect the Merlin Board.

Meet Our Board


Darius van Arman Chairperson
Co-Owner, Secretly

Pascal Bittard Owner, IDOL France

Marie Clausen Managing Director North America, Ninja Tune USA

Tom Deakin Head of EMEA, AudioSalad UK

Michel Lambot Co-Founder, [PIAS] Belgium

Chris Maund COO, Mushroom Labels Australia

Martin Mills Founder & CEO, Beggars Group UK

Carlos Mills Founder & CEO, Mills Records Brazil

Sandra Ortega Director of Global Partnerships, Altafonte Mexico

Louis Posen President & Executive Director, Hopeless Records USA

Jason Taylor Director of Sales & Label Relations, Redeye USA

Michael Ugwu CEO, Freeme Digital Nigeria

Horst Weidenmueller CEO, !K7 Germany

Pieter van Rijn CEO, FUGA The Netherlands

Justin West President, Secret City Records Canada

Yushi Yamashita President, RightsScale Japan

Katie Alberts Advisory Board Member
COO, Reach Records

Glen Barros Advisory Board Member
Managing Partner, Exceleration Music

Rachel Buswell Advisory Board Member
Head of Digital Partnerships & Analytics, Domino Recording Co.

Megan Jasper Advisory Board Member
CEO, Sub Pop Records

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