Merlin celebrates 15 years of charting a better future for independents

“15 Years of Merlin” will include various events, initiatives and activations throughout 2023

London, UK, 10th March 2023 Merlin, the independents’ digital music licensing partner, is thrilled to announce 2023 as “15 Years of Merlin” to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Since its founding, Merlin has grown to represent 15% of the global recorded music market share. Merlin members are independent record labels, distributors, label services companies, and other rightsholders. Merlin’s growing membership spans the rights of tens of thousands of labels from 68 countries around the world, representing the most diverse music in the world.

Merlin has played a pivotal role in helping independent music rights holders compete on a level playing field in the digital age. Merlin’s partners benefit by licensing via Merlin to gain access to the most dynamic, engaged and tech-forward membership, their incredible artists, and the largest and most diverse catalog of music in the world. Merlin’s premium deals with digital partners include Apple, Deezer, Meta (Facebook), SoundCloud, Spotify, TikTok, YouTube, and 40 other digital partners around the world. Merlin’s partnerships also include other innovative platforms such as Pinterest, Snap, Supernatural and Twitch, bringing the richness of independent music into social media, fitness apps and gaming.

“15 Years of Merlin” is about showcasing Merlin’s pride in driving long term value to its members around the world. The celebration will include various events, initiatives and activations throughout the year, including an upcoming special party for Merlin members and partners on June 14th during A2IM Indie Week.

Merlin’s CEO Jeremy Sirota expressed his enthusiasm in celebrating its members and the values of Merlin, stating, “We are incredibly proud of what Merlin has accomplished over the past 15 years. Our success would not have been possible without the support of our members, the diligence of the Merlin team, the strategic input from our Board, and the meaningful relationships with our digital partners. We look forward to continuing to serve the independent music community for many years to come.”

To stay updated on “15 Years of Merlin” and all of the latest news and developments from Merlin, visit our website at and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter (@merlinnetwork).

About Merlin
Merlin is the independents’ digital music licensing partner. We’ve negotiated premium deals with Apple, Facebook, Spotify, TikTok, YouTube, and 40 other innovative platforms around the world. Our global membership is from 68 countries around the world, representing 15% of the recorded music market. We are independent record labels, distributors, label services companies, and other rightsholders. Merlin operates for the benefit of its members, without investors looking for an exit, and is funded entirely by our low 1.5% admin fee. Merlin helps the world’s leading independents to own their digital business through world-class deals and white-glove support.

Merlin’s membership includes independents such as Absolute Label Services, Altafonte, amuse, anjunabeats, Aparataje Music Group, Armada Distribution, AudioSalad, Because Music, Beggars, Better Noise, BHMedia, CD Baby, Cinq Music Group, CmdShft, Colonize Media, Curb Records, Dim Mak, DistroKid, Ditto Music, Domino, Downtown Music (including FUGA), Epitaph, Exceleration Music, FaroLatino, Fluxus, Foundation Media, Hopeless Records, IDOL, Innercat Music, !K7, Kontor New Media, Mad Decent, Many Hats Endeavors, MNRK, Mom & Pop Music, Monstercat, Mushroom Music, Ninja Tune, One Digital Entertainment, ONErpm, [PIAS], Reach Records, Redeye, Repost Network, Reservoir Media, Secret City, Secretly, Stones Throw Records, Sua Música, Sub Pop, Symphonic Distribution, TANGO Multimedia, state51 Conspiracy, Vydia, Wagram Music, Warp Records, Wavory, and Zebralution and hundreds more.

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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.