The inaugural full board of directors for Merlin, the independent labels' first global digital licensing agency, is open for elections.

The board is inviting nominations from indie labels, distributors and music-content aggregators worldwide.

The deadline for nominations is July 27 and the voting is scheduled to take place on Aug. 6-10.

The new board, which will sit for two years, is due to be in place on Aug. 15. Its mission will be to keep Merlin "non-profit, member-owned, cost-effective and transparent in its operations," according to a Merlin statement.

The board will comprise 15 directors: five from North America, five from Europe, and another five representing the rest of the world (ROW).

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), plus its Canadian counterparts, the English-speaking CIRPA (Canadian Independent Record Production Association) and the French-speaking ADISQ, will oversee the North American elections.a

IMPALA, the indie labels' pan-European industry trade body, will manage the elections for Europe, while the World Independent Network (WIN) will supervise the ROW elections.

The ROW board members will have a representative for Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Japan, South America and South East Asia.

"The board is the final step and I am sure our broad, inclusive process will yield a talented, committed and powerful group ready to take this organization into the future," said Merlin CEO Charles Caldas in a statement. "We will make sure independent music is available, that its true value is recognized and, most importantly, that it is fairly paid for."

The newly elected directors will join permanent directors Alison Wenham, WIN's president, and Caldas.