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Charles Caldas

Merlin
Chief Executive Officer
UK

Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin – the global rights agency representing the world’s most important independent music companies.

Merlin acts to ensure its members have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected. These members embody over 20,000 independent record labels and distributors, representing some of the world’s most important independent artists, and command around a 10% share of the global and US music market.

Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has struck deals with a wide variety of digital services including YouTube Red, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, Soundcloud and Deezer. It has also reached a number of copyright infringement settlements on behalf of its members with–among others–Limewire, XM Satellite Radio and Grooveshark. In 2013, Merlin was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the five most innovative music companies in the world.

An experienced music and media professional, Charles was the recipient of IMPALA's Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013, A2IM’s Independent Champion award in 2015 and was featured among Billboard’s 2014 International Power Players.