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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,...
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New Merlin Japan boss targets new markets for Japanese labels

Indie licensing agency Merlin has appointed former Spotify and Apple exec Akira Nomoto as the general manager of Merlin Japan. He was most recently director of licensing and label relations at Spotify Japan, and will work...
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Mixcloud signs direct-licensing deal with Merlin for indies

When Mixcloud first launched its streaming service for DJ sets and radio-style shows back in the day, it also used radio-style licensing: blanket agreements that enabled it to operate, but which also imposed restrictions...
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Merlin says average payments to Japanese members are up 70%

The headline from indie licensing agency Merlin’s latest stats announcement is that distributions to its Japanese members are up 200% year-on-year. However, as the agency made clear, that’s partly because it has grown...
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Merlin says indie market-share is higher on paid streaming tiers

Indie licensing agency Merlin has published a report to celebrate its 10th anniversary, including the previously-reported stat that its annual payouts to members are now more than $500m. There are other new figures though....
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Merlin approaching $500m in annual collections for members

As it approaches its 10th anniversary, Merlin has revealed that it will collect $500m on behalf of its members this year. To put that in context, the indie digital rights body collected $1bn in the first nine years of its...
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Merlin turns 10 and celebrates indies: ‘We’re over-indexing’

Independent licensing agency Merlin is celebrating its tenth birthday by revealing that 2017 saw its highest number of new members since its first year of operation. The organisation has grown from a team of three when...
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Facebook strikes more deals focusing on independent labels

Facebook announced its latest set of music-licensing deals on Friday, with independent labels the latest frontier for its (currently) UGC-focused efforts. Beggars Group, PIAS and Ingrooves were the latest partners, as...
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Merlin signs deals with NetEase, Tencent and Alibaba in China

Indie licensing agency Merlin has announced agreements with the three biggest music-streaming service owners in China: Tencent, NetEase and Alibaba. The deals will see the catalogue represented by Merlin – music from...
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Indie labels see boom in payouts from Latin American streaming services

Indie-labels licensing agency Merlin says that its members’ earnings from Latin America have grown five-fold in the last three years, fuelled by music-streaming services. The company expects to generate more than $60m...
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Merlin pays out $1bn to members to date

Who doesn’t love a nice round number? Indie digital rights body Merlin has now paid out $1bn to its members since its inception in May 2008. It now represents 20,000 indie labels and distributors across 53 markets – collectively...
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Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patience

If nothing else, the 2017 edition of A2IM’s Indie Week—a gathering on New York City’s Lower East Side of over 800 representatives across the indie music spectrum, from labels and publishers to distributors, streaming...