(Hypebot) – Indie music global digital rights agency Merlin today announced results of its biennial board elections. Those elected will serve for two years.
New incoming board Merlin board members named today include Darius van Arman (Secretly Group), Emmanuel de Buretel (Because Music), Justin West (Secret City Records), Scott Muir (Dunedinmusic.com) and Yoel Kenan (Africori). They will join reappointed representatives from key independent labels including Epitaph Records, Evolution Music, Inertia, [PIAS], Phonofile, Tommy Boy and !K7.
Beggars Group founder Martin Mills was reappointed as Merlin chairman.
Seats are divided into three territorial blocs – with 5 members each for North America, Europe, and ROW. Additionally, up to two non-voting observer members per territorial bloc can be appointed by the board.
In alphabetical order, the successful candidates are:
Darius van Arman – Secretly Group (USA)
Dave Hansen – Epitaph Records (USA)
Erik Gilbert – Essential USA inc. t/as CV America (USA)
Justin West – Secret City Records (Canada)
Tom Silverman – Tommy Boy (USA)
Emmanuel de Buretel – Because Music (France)
Erik Brataas – Phonofile (Norway)
Horst Weidenmueller – !K7 Records (Germany)
Martin Mills – Beggars Group (UK)
Michel Lambot – [PIAS] Group (Belgium)
Ashley Whitfield – Evolution Music (Hong Kong)
Colin Daniels – Inertia (Australia)
Luciana Pegorer – Delira Musica (Brazil)
Scott Muir – Dunedinmusic.com (New Zealand)
Yoel Kenan – Africori (South Africa)
The newly-elected board have appointed four non-voting observers from among the unsuccessful candidates.
These observers are:
John Dyer – Domino Recording Co (UK)
Glenn Dicker – Yep Roc Records/Redeye (USA)
Paul Hitchman – Kobalt Label Services (UK)
Oke Goettlich – Finetunes (Germany)
The board will sit for two years. More votes were cast and the highest number of candidates stood for election than ever before.