Jeremy Sirota on demystifying Merlin, explosive growth and the Web3 potential for indies

Since Sirota joined Merlin in 2020, the New York-based exec has brought an experience that benefits from roles at both major music and tech corporations. The independent digital music licensing organisation has seen its ranks increase by 140, shooting past 500 members, while signing deals with no less than 15 new platforms or major new features…

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AIM's Paul Pacifico to Step Down as CEO After Six Years

Paul Pacifico will leave the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) at the end of 2022. His decision marks the end of his second three-year term as CEO and the delivery of several long-term strategic goals.

AIM 15th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Exceleration Music appoints Jennifer Newman Sharpe as Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel

Exceleration Music has appointed Jennifer Newman Sharpe as its Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel, based in New York. Utilising her broad legal and commercial experience, Newman Sharpe will oversee the company's activities in developing agreements and negotiating contracts across all areas of Exceleration's fast-growing business.

Exceleration Music 15th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Bucks Music Group signs Marvee Woods in exclusive worldwide deal

Bucks Music Group has signed double platinum selling songwriter Marvee Woods to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

Bucks Music Group 5th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Perfect Havoc release 5th year anniversary NFT collection

Perfect Havoc has today launched a new NFT project on leading NFT marketplace OpenSea that celebrates its anniversary and five years of the leading UK dance music label. In collaboration with music industry creative lab Synthetic Artists, the collection sees the initial release of 366 unique artworks based on themed iterations of Perfect Havoc’s graphical logo, originally designed by Pure Evil.

Perfect Havoc 4th Aug 2022 BUSINESS
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Paris next for Ultra’s growing global network of studios

With recording facilities in Los Angeles, London, Stockholm, Atlanta and (most recently) Liverpool, Ultra founder Patrick Moxey believes studios are still the best incubators for songwriters…

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Tia Kofi: ‘I want to be recognised as an artist beyond being a drag queen on a reality show’

Tia Kofi found fame during the second series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. Since then, she has surrounded herself with respected industry names to help develop a musical career that can stand on its own…

‘The majors have benefitted from AI for years. I want to bring it to indie labels and artists’

Music collaboration platform Aux App is investing in artificial intelligence to help independent operators find the right partners and collaborators early on during any given music project. Founder Ben Bowler says it’s something that the big players are already way ahead on, but he wants to change that…

Jan Bang and Erik Honoré are launching a new label. Here’s the inside scoop

Linked to Norway’s Punkt Festival, and a sub-label of Jazzland Recordings, Punkt Editions is set for launch in September and billed as a brand-new platform for Punkt related music past, present and future…

‘If I'm able continue to release records the way I want to, I am succeeding’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Don Giovanni Records…

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Press Releases from IMI Members

AIM's Paul Pacifico to Step Down as CEO After Six Years

Paul Pacifico will leave the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) at the end of 2022. His decision marks the end of his second three-year term as CEO and the delivery of several long-term strategic goals.

AIM 15th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Exceleration Music appoints Jennifer Newman Sharpe as Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel

Exceleration Music has appointed Jennifer Newman Sharpe as its Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel, based in New York. Utilising her broad legal and commercial experience, Newman Sharpe will oversee the company's activities in developing agreements and negotiating contracts across all areas of Exceleration's fast-growing business.

Exceleration Music 15th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Bucks Music Group signs Marvee Woods in exclusive worldwide deal

Bucks Music Group has signed double platinum selling songwriter Marvee Woods to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

Bucks Music Group 5th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Perfect Havoc release 5th year anniversary NFT collection

Perfect Havoc has today launched a new NFT project on leading NFT marketplace OpenSea that celebrates its anniversary and five years of the leading UK dance music label. In collaboration with music industry creative lab Synthetic Artists, the collection sees the initial release of 366 unique artworks based on themed iterations of Perfect Havoc’s graphical logo, originally designed by Pure Evil.

Perfect Havoc 4th Aug 2022 BUSINESS
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The Ranch Production House announces ‘Pay What You Can’ autumn sessions

The Home Of Breakout Records From Creeper, Boston Manor, Milk Teeth, Conjurer, Employed To Serve, Cold Years, Puppy and many more.

The Ranch Production House 14 hours ago BUSINESS

The Hempolics meets Macka B - One Law Fi Dem

The Hempolics gear up for their forthcoming album with the release of single ‘One Law Fi Dem’, a team-up with soundsystem veteran Macka B. The collaboration captures a tale of the time, indeed a tale of the ages, as Macka B spits “One law fi dem, One law fi you, Do as I say but no do as I do”.

DVIBES 12th Aug 2022 MUSIC

Jamie Lenman reveals video for new single ‘Talk Hard’

The first hint at a leaner and more mainstream leaning sound to come from his new material, coming ahead of Lenman’s performance on the Yokhai Stage at ArcTanGent Festival on Friday 19th August 2022.

Big Scary Monsters 11th Aug 2022 MUSIC

Twitch Indies Raid: Hip Hop presented by Twitch and Merlin August 17th, exclusively on Twitch

Twitch and Merlin will come together to present a livestreamed charity “relay raid.” The relay raid will feature back-to-back performances from some of today’s hottest independent hip hop artists. Throughout the event, viewers will be automatically directed to each performance and can donate to MusiCares® by clicking the link provided in the livestream. 

Merlin 10th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Distiller Music Group announces launch of dedicated VR division

London based independent music company Distiller Music Group (Distiller) has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new division, which will focus on developing music based TV opportunities in the Virtual Reality (VR) space.

Distiller Music Group 4th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

BPI & BRITs chief announces departure in 2023, in BPI’s 50th anniversary year

Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023 to a more directly commercial role, after 25 years working for label associations, including more than 15 years leading the BPI.

BPI 4th Aug 2022 BUSINESS

Merlin expands leadership team with People & Culture Lead

Merlin, the independent's digital music licensing partner, has appointed Kyle Elwin in a  newly-established role of People & Culture Lead. Elwin’s hire is the organization’s first of this type. She will report directly to Merlin’s CEO, Jeremy Sirota, to help develop the company’s culture and support team growth. With her leadership, Merlin will continue to foster an environment of creativity and collaboration, two key traits in the fast-paced world of music and technology.

Merlin 3rd Aug 2022 BUSINESS

YMU Music US announce Elena Awbrey as Executive Manager

The US Music division of international artist management company YMU, has announced the appointment of Elena Awbrey to the position of Executive Manager.

YMU 3rd Aug 2022 BUSINESS
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Tia Kofi: ‘I want to be recognised as an artist beyond being a drag queen on a reality show’

Tia Kofi found fame during the second series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. Since then, she has surrounded herself with respected industry names to help develop a musical career that can stand on its own…

‘The majors have benefitted from AI for years. I want to bring it to indie labels and artists’

Music collaboration platform Aux App is investing in artificial intelligence to help independent operators find the right partners and collaborators early on during any given music project. Founder Ben Bowler says it’s something that the big players are already way ahead on, but he wants to change that…

Jan Bang and Erik Honoré are launching a new label. Here’s the inside scoop

Linked to Norway’s Punkt Festival, and a sub-label of Jazzland Recordings, Punkt Editions is set for launch in September and billed as a brand-new platform for Punkt related music past, present and future…

‘If I'm able continue to release records the way I want to, I am succeeding’

The A2IM Libera Awards return next week, on June 16. In the lead up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This time, meet Don Giovanni Records…