Merlin member survey 2017: Distributions grow eightfold in four years to $353m
Posted on: 13 juin 2017, by : Basile

MERLIN MEMBER SURVEY 2017 A great leap forward, with one step back Audio streaming growth outstrips video 3-to-1 as distributions to independent labels hit $353m 8th June, New York: – Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, has today unveiled results of their 2017 member survey at A2IM’s annual meeting. Now in its fifth year, the survey draws on responses from hundreds of independent record labels and distributors across 40 countries – tracking changes to their business over the past calendar year, as well as current trends and developments. As with previous years, the results are complemented by an updated analysis of Merlin’s revenue distributions. Representing the most valuable set of rights outside of those controlled by the three major labels, Merlin’s 700-strong membership commands in excess of 12% of the global digital recorded music market across more than 20,000 labels – including such globally-recognised label brands as Beggars Group, Domino, Epitaph/Anti, Kobalt Music Recordings, [PIAS], Secretly Group, Sub Pop and Warp Records. HEADLINE FINDINGS MERLIN REVENUE DISTRIBUTIONS UP 52% TO $353m – Boosted by a significant uptake in audio streaming, year-on-year revenue distributions (April 2016-March 2017) to Merlin’s independent record label members increased 52% […]

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