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Meta and Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, are excited to announce the renewal of their strategic partnership, underscoring Meta’s recognition of the value and importance of the world’s leading independent labels and distributors. This renewal reinforces the pivotal role Merlin serves for its members in the future of social and music.
 
This renewed partnership between Meta and Merlin further enhances an exceptionally strong collaboration that continues to flourish, highlighting the ongoing success and impact of independent music across Meta’s platforms. As a top partner to Meta, Merlin’s members and their artists have seen significant engagement with Meta’s Reels feature on Instagram and Facebook, a testament to the platform’s powerful reach and the compelling content provided by independent music. The renewal will make available a new suite of tools and features that enable fans to discover artists and boost the visibility of new releases. 
 
Tamara Hrivnak, Vice President, Music & Content Business Development at Meta, said: “Meta is thrilled to renew our partnership with Merlin, one of the leading champions of independent music. I’m extremely grateful to both the Merlin deal team, and to Meta’s BD & legal leads Summer Kim, Alex Bae, Tali Fireaizen, and Didac Renau-Faura for their commitment to and support of the independent music community. Our continued collaboration will foster further innovation in music discovery and creative expression. We're excited for what the future holds.”
 
The partnership aligns with Merlin’s mission to champion its members and provide them with valuable new opportunities while ensuring its members (and their artists) are fairly compensated. For Meta’s users, Merlin’s members deliver music in all genres and in languages from across the globe, ranging from hip hop artists to EDM powerhouses, indie rockers to country singers, Afrobeats to Christian music, funk MCs to singer-songwriters, Brazilian Funk to Indian Pop, Reggaeton to Regional Mexican, and everything in between. Meta and Merlin are excited to explore new opportunities to drive the value of independent music on Meta’s platforms, to open up new ways for Merlin’s members to engage, and to find innovative ways to drive fandom and discovery across the breadth of Meta’s unique global platforms.
 
Jeremy Sirota, CEO of Merlin, commented: “We are incredibly proud of the hard work the Merlin team and our members have put into being a key partner to Meta. I’m particularly grateful to our deal team led by our COO, Charlie Lexton and Senior Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Shrina Patel for their work on this partnership. This renewal is about more than simply licensing music – it’s about the strength of building long term relationships, seeking innovative ways to deliver music to fans and those discovering our artists for the first time, and the value of the dynamic nature of independent music. Merlin, on behalf of its members and their artists, is leading the way to build an ethical, sustainable, and indie-centric world.”
 
By announcing this enhanced partnership the same week that independents around the world gather for A2IM’s Indie Week, Meta and Merlin want to acknowledge the importance of independent music and the artists who create it. A2IM Indie Week is a marquee event that celebrates the outstanding contributions that independent artists make to the global music landscape. This alliance exemplifies the shared commitment of Meta and Merlin to support and broaden the reach of independent voices across the Meta platforms, a fitting highlight during Indie Week.

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

Beyonce and Blur Attract 19.2 Million Music Tourists To UK Events

UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, today unveils new research into the value of gigs, concerts and festivals to local economies. A total of 19.2 million music fans travelled from UK towns and cities and overseas in...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

Orfium signs global UGC monetization deal with Japanese label Pony Canyon

Fourth deal in six months for Orfium in Asia as it continues to expand its international client base    Orfium (the ‘Company’), the global technology leader solving the entertainment industry’s biggest challenges around digital music and broadcast rights management, announces that it has partnered...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

UK electronic-pop trio London Grammar signs with PPL for international royalties collections

PPL reveals band’s most played songs in the run up to headline Latitude set    London Grammar, the UK electronic-pop trio, has agreed a deal with PPL for the collection of their international neighbouring rights royalties. The addition to PPL’s prestigious roster...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

MUSEXPO 2025 celebrates 25th global edition in Burbank, CA: Uniting music worldwide in "the media capital of the world"

  MUSEXPO “The United Nations of Music” (www.musexpo.net), the pioneering global music business conference renowned for its transformative impact on the industry, has unveiled its landmark 25th edition will take place March 16 - 19, 2025, in Burbank, California. Marking almost a...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

Music Tech Audio Platform Submix Secures $1M in Funding

Launches worldwide - now available to download on macOS   Pioneering audio technology company Submix has closed a $1 million funding round. This investment will drive Submix's mission to enhance remote collaboration for musicians, producers, and audio professionals, fundamentally reshaping their workflow...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

WIN Launches Supporters Program with First Wave of Partners

Bandcamp, Marauder and Random Sounds join new initiative Program offers a unique connection with the global independent music community  Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organization that brings together independent music trade associations representing over 8000 independent music businesses in 43 territories around...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

Youth Music today announces the judges and sponsors for the Youth Music Awards 2024

Youth Music, the UK’s leading young people’s music charity, has announced the judges and sponsors for its annual Youth Music Awards in association with Hal Leonard Europe, which will take place at iconic London venue Troxy on Wednesday 16th October.  This...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

Natasha Bedingfield and Cat Burns to perform at exclusive Team GB x TikTok House Party LIVE from Paris 2024

Record number of TikTok creators set to bring the Paris Olympics to fans   TikTok is proud to be an Official Partner to Team GB (@teamgb) and ParalympicsGB (@paralympicsgb) for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, helping the nation get behind our incredible British athletes...more

23 Jul 2024 | Press release

Warner Chappell Music announces new publishing partnership with Analog Metaverse

Founded by Legendary Producer Salaam Remi Two Years Ago, Analog Metaverse Already Represents a Significant Music Catalog Warner Chappell Music (WCM) today announced its new partnership with Analog Metaverse, a boutique rights management company and music publisher, founded by Grammy-Award winning...more

22 Jul 2024 | Press release

2024 Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' to be announced Thursday 25 July from 11am

  BBC Music partnership continues, with the 12 'Albums of the Year' revealed live on BBC Radio 6 Music 2024 Judging Panel confirmed Overallwinner to be revealed in September   The Mercury Prize 12 'Albums of the Year' will be revealed on Thursday 25 July,...more

22 Jul 2024 | Press release

Music Venue Trust announce 'Venues Day 2024'

10th Anniversary Edition will Focus on Artists & Celebrate the Grassroots Music Venue Movement Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced details of the 10th anniversary edition of its annual ‘Venues Day’ event, which will take place at Woolwich Works in London...more

22 Jul 2024 | Press release

Michael-Dann Joseph Launches Dann MGMT, Signs First Client Simon Webbe of Blue

  Michael-Dann Joseph, a prominent figure in the music industry with over a decade of experience, announces the launch of his new management company, Dann MGMT. The company's inaugural client is Simon Webbe, a member of the British boyband Blue, who...more

22 Jul 2024 | Press release

NTIA Says Escalating Noise Complaints Jeopardise the Future of Night Time Economy

  The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is raising serious concerns about the increasing number of noise complaints against licensed venues across the UK, which pose a significant threat to the vitality and sustainability of the UK's night-time economy (NTE).  A recent...more

22 Jul 2024 | Press release

Call to increase the composition's value at The Ivors Academy's AGM and Summer Party

Friends scheme for industry professionals and fans around the world to support The Ivors Academy's mission Initiative promoted during The Ivors Academy's 80th anniversary   At its Annual General Meeting and Summer Party, The Ivors Academy invited supporters from around the globe become...more

20 Jul 2024 | Press release

BMG and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announce new strategic partnership

  Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group (Cirque du Soleil) and BMG have announced a new strategic partnership to manage Cirque du Soleil's critically-acclaimed music catalog and explore a range of music-oriented collaborative initiatives. Under the agreement, BMG will now serve as the record...more

19 Jul 2024 | Press release

TikTok Launches New In-App Experience Celebrating Jimin of BTS' Second Solo Album, MUSE

The campaign celebrates the release of Jimin of BTS' second solo album, MUSE Fans can engage with the #Jimin_Who hub to unlock exclusive in-app rewards   TikTok is excited to unveil #Jimin_Who, an exciting new in-app hub to celebrate BTS' Jimin of 21st century pop icons BTS and his highly anticipated sophomore...more

19 Jul 2024 | Press release

Key Production launches groundbreaking SMART formats - set to revolutionise the music industry

  'SMART formats' blend physical products with bonus digital content, giving artists the chance to release exclusive material to fans carried on physical items Key Production is the first agency to bring a combination of SMART formats together in one place for...more

19 Jul 2024 | Press release

TikTok to Fast Track Artist Account Creation for DistroKid Members

TikTok and DistroKid announced today an innovative platform integration that makes it easier and faster than ever before for independent artists to create their official TikTok Artist Accounts, unlocking a suite of artist-specific features to help them engage their fans on the world’s most...more

19 Jul 2024 | Press release

300 Publishing joins forces with Warner Chappell Music in dynamic publishing venture

Flagship signee Sean Momberger co-produced current 'Billboard' Hot 100 No. 1, "Not Like Us"   300 Publishing, the publishing division of WMG label 300 Entertainment is joining forces with Warner Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group to jointly sign both emerging and established songwriters....more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

BRITs Week 24 for War Child announces 2024 money raised

BRITs Week 24 for War Child proudly announces details of the money raised from this year’s series. An incredible £430,000 was raised from the 13 shows, which took place across the country in February and March, with all proceeds going towards...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Performing arts health charity BAPAM appoints Olivier award winning Sheila Atim MBE and PET NEEDS’ Johnny Marriott as patrons

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) announces that actor and musician Sheila Atim MBE, and Johnny Marriott, lead singer of the punk rock band PET NEEDS, have been appointed patrons of the specialist health charity for the performing...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Official Statement from AlphaTheta and Serato Regarding NZCC’s Ruling on Acquisition

We disagree with and are disappointed by the ruling of the New Zealand Commerce Commission against the acquisition. As AlphaTheta and Serato, we believe that the proposed agreement would have accelerated our combined ability to deliver incredible products to DJs...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

TikTok celebrates #SouthAsian artists for South Asian Heritage Month

  TikTok is proud to be home to an array of diverse communities that help the platform thrive on a global scale. Whether you're discovering cultural histories or finding your latest culinary or musical obsession, TikTok has become a rich treasure...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Tuned Global's AutomixIQ Lets Any Music App Supercharge Engagement

  AutomixIQ lets the music play for any streaming service, from DSPs, BGM and internet radio to fitness and gaming apps, by creating DJ-quality seamless mix transition experiences.  Tuned Global is rolling out a new B2B offering to customers worldwide: AutomixIQ,the first...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

YouTube Brings Tomorrowland's 20th Edition to Global Audience with Livestream

  The livestream will include the live sets from Steve Aoki, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Amelie Lens and many more all on the Tomorrowland YouTube channel.    YouTube announces its livestream of Tomorrowland's 20th anniversary, a partnership that will bring the magic...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Ian Carew appointed Managing Director of Distiller Records

London-based independent music company Distiller Music Group has announced the appointment of Ian Carew to the position of Managing Director of Distiller Records. Prior to his appointment, Carew spent three years as a marketing consultant for Distiller Records, latterly as their...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Sonopress Receives Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Certification

Leading storage media manufacturer Sonopress is pleased to announce that it is now officially certified to the international Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The certification underscores Sonopress’ commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. The GRS is a voluntary product standard that...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Reservoir announces a publishing deal with acclaimed singer-songwriter Wrabel

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new publishing deal with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Wrabel. The deal includes his future works.  Based in Los Angeles, Wrabel began his career co-writing songs by pop and rock...more

18 Jul 2024 | Press release

Sky launches the Sky Arts Awards to celebrate the best of British and Irish arts and culture

The only awards to celebrate all arts disciplines, including a category recognising the unsung Arts Heroes behind the scenes  Four in 10 adults think the arts do not provide a 'viable' career. 84% of Brits aren't aware 3.5 million people have careers...more

17 Jul 2024 | Press release

FUGA announces raft of new UK signings; inks deal with One House, Berry’s Room, Critical Music

One House, Critical Music and Berry’s Room join FUGA’s existing roster in the region which includes Marathon Music Group, Domino, Ninja Tune and One Little Independent Follows the release of Kabin Crew’s viral hit, ‘The Spark’ from new FUGA client, Rubyworks...more

23 Jul 2024

  • The frequency factor – when daily just isn’t enough (see Comment)

  • UK Music research shows value of gigs, concerts and festivals to local economies (see Reports)

22 Jul 2024

  • Why would anyone run a festival? (see Features)

19 Jul 2024

  • The illusion of an idea - a scaled-down music industry (see Comment)

18 Jul 2024

  • 14 independent labels launch ORCA think tank (see Comment)

  • Industry responds to King's Speech (see News)

17 Jul 2024

  • UK Music CEO Tom Kiehl addressed the UK Music Summer Party (see News)

  • Official Charts marks 10 years of streaming in the UK’s Official Singles Chart (see Analysis)

16 Jul 2024

  • ERA: Music outpaces video and games in first half of 2024 with sales revenues up 7.9% (see Reports)

15 Jul 2024

  • Singles chart sees 28 weeks without a British voice at the top (see News)

12 Jul 2024

  • Analysts appear divided about Spotify's outlook (see Analysis)

11 Jul 2024

  • Music isn't getting worse, genre is (see Comment)

  • What, more AI principles from the music sector? (see Comment)

10 Jul 2024

  • Universal Music UK announced a significant restructure (see Business)