4 September 2009
WORLD’S LEADING INDEPENDENTS ELECT NEW MERLIN BOARD
Following recent elections amongst its membership, Merlin - the global licensing agency representing the world’s most commercially important basket of independent music rights – today unveils its new board.
Since launching for operation in late April 2008, Merlin has worked to protect the value of its members’ repertoire against infringements. It has been outspoken in its criticism of ventures that it feels devalue independent rights, such as the major-label led MySpace Music, and has struck a host of international digital deals for its members with companies including Spotify, Catch Media, MUZU.TV and i-Mesh, with a number of other deals in the pipeline and soon to be announced.
· Hein Van Der Ree, Epitaph Records Europe, Netherlands
Rest Of The World:
· Peter Wright, Virtual Label, USA
· Florian Von Hoyer, Galileo MC Spain
· Takashi Kamide, Musicmind, Japan
Said Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO “Merlin’s inaugural board members have shown an extraordinary amount of energy, passion and dedication in working to establish Merlin as a virtual fifth major, and it has been a privilege to work with them over the past two years.
This new board includes some of these founding members of Merlin and incorporates some remarkable new additions, giving Merlin the benefit of some of the best talent in the global music business with a huge range of skills and interests. Merlin’s members are truly fortunate to have such a strong group of people representing their interests as we navigate this ever-changing landscape”
The board is appointed for a two-year term, at which point all board members will again step down to be replaced by a new board, as elected by the members.
Alongside the high-profile companies represented by the board members, Merlin’s members also include the world’s leading independents such as Ministry of Sound, Warp, Curb, Dramatico, Saddle Creek, KOCH/E1, Kontor, and Finetunes.