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
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...
May 16, 2019
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...
November 28, 2018
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...
October 22, 2018
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....
June 28, 2018
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...
June 19, 2018
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...
May 25, 2018
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...
April 23, 2018
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...
March 15, 2018
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...
March 15, 2018
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...
August 27, 2017
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...
June 20, 2017