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 ArmanChairperson
Pascal BittardOwner, IDOLFrance
Marie ClausenManaging Director North America, Ninja TuneUSA
Tom DeakinHead of EMEA, AudioSaladUK
Michel LambotCo-Founder, [PIAS]Belgium
Chris MaundCOO, Mushroom LabelsAustralia
Martin MillsFounder & CEO, Beggars GroupUK
Carlos MillsFounder & CEO, Mills RecordsBrazil
Sandra OrtegaDirector of Global Partnerships, AltafonteMexico
Louis PosenPresident & Executive Director, Hopeless RecordsUSA
Jason TaylorDirector of Sales & Label Relations, RedeyeUSA
Michael UgwuCEO, Freeme DigitalNigeria
Horst WeidenmuellerCEO, !K7Germany
Pieter van RijnCEO, FUGAThe Netherlands
Justin WestPresident, Secret City RecordsCanada
Yushi YamashitaPresident, RightsScaleJapan
Katie AlbertsAdvisory Board Member
COO, Reach RecordsUSA
Glen BarrosAdvisory Board Member
Managing Partner, Exceleration MusicUSA
Rachel BuswellAdvisory Board Member
Head of Digital Partnerships & Analytics, Domino Recording Co.UK
Megan JasperAdvisory Board Member
CEO, Sub Pop RecordsUSA
* The Merlin Boardis an advisory committee to the statutory directors of Merlin’s holding company, Merlin Network (Global Independent Digital) Company Limited by Guarantee