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IMPALA presents outstanding contribution award to Merlin boss

By | Published on Thursday 28 March 2013

Charles Caldas

The boss of indie label digital rights agency Merlin, Charles Caldas, has been given this year’s Outstanding Contribution Award by pan-European indie labels trade body IMPALA. The award comes as Merlin approaches its fifth anniversary, and, says the trade organisation, recognises Caldas’s “successful and dedicated work [at Merlin, which] has turned the organisation into the virtual fourth major in the digital space”.

Confirming the latest winner of IMPALA’s annual award for indie label people and initiatives, which was launched in 2011, the group’s Executive Chair Helen Smith told CMU: “Before 2008, it was all too common for digital services to consider independent music as something of an afterthought. Not any more. Charles’ tireless work with Merlin has put our sector firmly on the digital map and helped ensure that the enormous value of our members’ repertoire is recognised by those in the technology sector and wider music industry. Five years on, and for independent labels and independent artists it is difficult to imagine a world without Merlin”.

Caldas himself added: “I care very deeply about the work that we do at Merlin, and am truly honoured that the leaders of our sector, whom I admire and respect immensely, have chosen to recognise that work in this way”.