Latest Twitch music deal is with indie licensing agency Merlin
Twitch's work to forge partnerships with music rightsholders – if not platform-wide music licensing deals just yet – continues.
February 3, 2022
Music distribution trends: evolution, expansion and education
Yesterday's keynote from Mark Mulligan at the NY:LON Connect conference was followed by a panel about the future of music distribution.
January 19, 2022
Merlin signs on with creator-focused licensing firm Lickd
Slowly but surely, music licensing startup Lickd, which helps YouTubers to pay for tracks to use in their content, is picking up deals.
January 14, 2022
Feed Media Group signs deal with Merlin for Adaptr startups licensing platform
Feed Media Group has signed a deal with Merlin, connecting its product Adaptr to Merlin’s catalogue. It follows a similar deal that was signed with Warner Music Group in January. Adaptr gives emerging-to-mid-stage startups...
August 4, 2021
Major labels and Merlin’s share of Spotify streams is falling
Spotify’s latest financial filing is being picked over for interesting trends, and one of those is the combined share of streams for the catalogues of the three major labels, plus the independent catalogue licensed...
March 2, 2021
Snap strikes deals for licensed music in Snapchat app
Snapchat's parent company Snap Inc has signed music licensing deals with Warner Music Group, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing, Merlin and a number of members of US publishing body the NMPA. Bloomberg reported...
August 3, 2020
Merlin CEO promises ‘long view’ around tech partnerships
Earlier this year, indie licensing agency Merlin appointed Facebook music exec Jeremy Sirota as its new CEO. On Friday (15 May) he gave his first public speech in the role at AIM’s online ‘AIM House’ conference....
May 18, 2020
Merlin COO: ‘We’re significantly enhancing our deal-making capacity’
Indie licensing agency Merlin has promoted its chief commercial officer and general counsel Charlie Lexton to chief operating officer – a new role for the organisation, working alongside CEO Jeremy Sirota. “Charlie...
April 29, 2020
TikTok signs Merlin deal but its licensing work is far from done
TikTok and indie licensing-agency Merlin have announced a licensing deal covering use of music from the latter’s member labels “wherever the platform is available around the world”. The deal is effective immediately,...
January 24, 2020
Former Facebook exec Jeremy Sirota is Merlin’s new CEO
Last July, Charles Caldas announced that he was stepping down as head of indie licensing agency Merlin, a company he had been with since 2007, at end of the year. His replacement has just been announced and it is Jeremy...
January 9, 2020
Boomplay strikes Merlin deal and says it’s grown to 62m users
African streaming service Boomplay’s latest licensing deal is with indie-agency Merlin. The company already had a full set of deals with the global major-labels, as well as a catalogue of music from African labels and artists....
December 11, 2019
Merlin CEO steps down after another record payouts year
The boss of indie licensing agency Merlin will step down at the end of 2019. Charles Caldas revealed the news yesterday, having led the organisation since its earliest days in 2007. It’s an amicable life-choice decision,...
June 19, 2019