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Merlin appoint new US advisor

By | Published on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Roger Gold

Merlin, the global digital rights agency representing a big chunk of the indie label sector, has hired the services of Roger Gold, formerly with Warner Music, to advise on commercial and licensing activities Stateside. Gold, who at Warner was very involved in the major’s indie label partnerships, will provide expertise to the digital rights body in addition to pursuing other music business ventures.

Confirming the hire, Merlin boss Charles Caldas told CMU: “For Merlin this is a really significant appointment. As an executive, deal-maker and entrepreneur, Roger combines an extensive knowledge of the US market with a successful track record working with independent labels. With so much of our activity focused on the emergence of new US-based platforms, Roger’s experience will be a hugely valuable asset for Merlin and its members”.

Gold himself added: “I am honoured by this opportunity to work with Charles and [Merlin Head Of Business Affairs] Charlie [Lexton] to help support Merlin and its independent label membership. Historically, independent labels have represented the best examples of entrepreneurialism and have been the greatest early champions of musical artistry. This has never been more true than today and one need only look at the charts to see that this is the era of the independents”.