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MERLIN – 2016 Annual Survey Results

In May 2016, Merlin repeated an annual survey of our 700+ global membership, asking them in detail about:
– changes to their digital business from year-end 2014 to year-end 2015;
– their current digital business and developments in 2016’s digital music market.
This is the fourth time Merlin has surveyed its membership in this way. Responses were received on an anonymised basis from businesses across 35 countries.
The results offer a unique snapshot of how our independent label and distributor members are faring in a fast-changing digital music market, and how they are managing the transition towards new forms of music consumption and multiterritorial
Collectively, Merlin’s members represent the most commercially significant basket of rights outside of those held by the major labels, commanding in excess of 12% of the global digital recorded music market.


  1. 2016 Member Survey - (2 MB / pdf )