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Merlin is the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent sector, adding value to the global digital marketplace by ensuring that independents have a vehicle to enhance their ability to compete in the ever-changing world of digital music as well as to protect the value of their rights.

Our 800+ members represent tens of thousands of labels & distributors from 61 countries. The music delivered into Merlin deals comprise the most commercially significant set of rights outside of the three major labels.

For digital services, Merlin offers significant efficiencies: allowing the opportunity to globally license - via a single deal, instead of hundreds of individual local deals –the world’s most important and commercially successful independent music labels & distributors.

Merlin is owned and controlled by a not-for-profit foundation, supervised by a member-elected board, ensuring that members receive the benefit of Merlin’s activities at the lowest possible cost & with 100% transparency regarding deal terms. It costs nothing to become a member of Merlin. We are funded by taking a small admin fee from revenues generated inside our deals.

Reflecting Merlin’s global scope, our board consists of 15 members - five each from North America, Europe and Rest of the World. Merlin has offices in London, New York and Tokyo with a head office in Amsterdam.



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