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Boomplay and Merlin ink extended licensing agreement covering 47 additional African countries

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Africa’s music streaming service Boomplay and Merlin, the licensing agency for independent music companies, have extended their licensing agreement to include 47 additional countries in Africa.

The initial deal between the two parties in 2019 covered the use of Merlin's repertoire in 11 countries. "The expansion of Boomplay’s licensing deal with Merlin will give millions more African music lovers across the continent access to the best local and international music from Merlin members’ incre...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

Digital Economy

Merlin renews licensing agreement with Meta; partnership includes access to a new suite of tools to drive fandom and discovery

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Independent labels' digital music licensing company Merlin has renewed its global licensing agreement with Meta Platforms, in a strategic partnership that includes access to a new suite of tools and features that will enable Meta users to discover artists and boost the visibility of new releases.

In a statement the two companies said the new agreement underscores Meta’s "recognition of the value and importance of the world’s leading independent labels and distributors," and "reinforces the ...

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Creative Industries

Merlin unveils new initiative to help emerging technology platforms license repertoire from independent labels

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Licensing agency for independent labels Merlin has launched Merlin Connect to facilitate licensing repertoire from independent labels to emerging technology platforms.

"The initiative will make music licensing more accessible to a select group of promising emerging technology platforms by delivering fully cleared, quality music," said Merlin in a statement. "Our aim is to find and empower the next generation of music monetisation opportunities for Merlin’s membership of independent record l...

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North American publishers Red Brick Songs, The Administration MP, Lofi Jazz and Drive Music Publishing have joined IMPEL

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Four North American music publishers have joined thelicensing agency for independent music publishers IMPEL — The Administration MP, Drive Music Publishing, Red Brick Songs and Lofi Jazz.

US-based publishers already on the IMPEL roster include ABKCO Legs Music, Reach Music Publishing, Regard Music and Reservoir Music. “It feels as though we have reached a tipping point as an organisation when it comes to awareness around what we do, how we do it and the unique benefits we bring to our member...

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