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Merlin & Audiomack announce strategic partnership to amplify independent music

The collaboration will enhance the presence and impact of independent music around the globe

London, UK, 18th April 2024 April 18, 2024 — Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Audiomack, the artist-first music streaming platform that empowers artists to reach and engage with fans worldwide. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in enhancing the presence and impact of independent music around the globe.

 

This indie-centric partnership helps Merlin’s dynamic membership gain access to Audiomack’s global audience of engaged listeners, thereby expanding the digital footprint of Merlin members’ high quality music. The agreement also includes Audiomod, Audiomack’s innovative new tool that allows fans to customize their listening experience in unique ways by selecting pre-set filters such as sped up, slowed down, nightcore, and daycore, or by creating their own custom listening filters. These features allow for users to customize their on-platform experience via licensed content, and provides a legitimate alternative to the prevalence of unlicensed content that continues to make its way onto platforms. 

 

“Through Audiomack’s partnership with Merlin, we’re not just amplifying independent music—we’re revolutionizing how artists connect with their fans and how fans listen to their music,” said Dave Macli, CEO, Audiomack. “Merlin members can now claim their artists’ Audiomack accounts to send messages to their fans, and, using Audiomod, those fans can listen to their favorite artist’s music in a brand new way.”

 

Jeremy Sirota, CEO of Merlin, commented on the partnership: “We are excited to embark on this journey with Audiomack, a platform that shares our passion for amplifying the voices of independent artists. This partnership is a testament to our ongoing mission to open new doors for our members, offer unparalleled opportunities to recording rights holders, and further enrich the global music ecosystem.”

 

This collaboration with Audiomack underscores Merlin’s strategic approach to expanding the digital footprint of independent music by partnering with platforms that prioritize artist visibility and fan engagement. As the organizations embark on this partnership, they focus on fostering a relationship that delivers substantial value to Merlin’s members and the artists they represent, and enhances Audiomack’s offering with a rich catalog of high-quality independent music.


 

About Merlin

Merlin is the independent’s digital music licensing partner. We’ve negotiated premium deals with Apple, Facebook, SoundCloud, Spotify, TikTok, YouTube, and 40 other innovative platforms around the world. Our global membership is from nearly 70 countries around the world, representing 15% of the recorded music market. We are independent record labels, distributors, label services companies, and other rightsholders. We are a mission-driven organization that operates like a not-for-profit and is funded entirely by our members at a 1.5% admin fee. Merlin’s world-class relationships, white-glove support, and suite of partnerships helps independents compete at the highest level.

 

Merlin’s membership includes independents such as Armada Music, AudioSalad, Because, Better Noise, Cinq Music Group, Encore Recordings, Exceleration Music, Freeme Digital, FUGA, Hopeless Records, IDOL, Kontor New Media, Mad Decent, MNRK Music Group, Mom+Pop, Monstercat, Mushroom Music, Ninja Tune, Payday, Reach Records, Redeye, Secret City, Secretly, Symphonic Distribution, Sub Pop, Too Lost, Vydia, Zebralution, and hundreds more.

 

Find out more at www.merlinnetwork.org.

 

About Audiomack

Audiomack connects artists with fans. A music streaming and discovery platform boasting over 30 million monthly users, Audiomack lets artists across the world directly upload unlimited music for free while also boasting a curated library of music from all three major labels and Merlin. Industry-leading features include Connect, a messaging tool for artists to engage with their fans; Supporters, where superfans can directly support their favorite artists; and Audiomod, which allows listeners to speed up, slow down, and edit tracks in real time. With half a million active creators, Audiomack spotlights rising artists and music scenes from across the globe and is a top-5 music app on Android in 17 African countries.

 

Media inquiries:

 

Merlin

Crystal Henderson

crystal@thepresshouse.com 

 

Audiomack 

David Ponte

ponte@audiomack.com 

 

Merlin

Merlin provides independents the means to own their future. We are a member led, music focused organization. We provide digital music licensing for the leading independents across the globe.