Starting in January 2021, The MLC will administer blanket mechanical licenses to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States. The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay music publishers, administrators and self-administered songwriters, composers and lyricists.
What will all of this mean for self-administered writers?
Dae Bogan, The MLC’s Head of Third-Party Partnerships and a long-time educator and advocate for self-administered creators, will host a series of webinars specifically aimed at self-administered writers. Each webinar will include a recap of The MLC’s activities to-date and our plans for the future. Dae will also explain what it means to be a “self-administered” writer and how self-administered writers can become Members of The MLC (or Connect to Collect) in order to ensure they receive the digital audio mechanical royalties they’re owed. Finally, Dae will help guide self-administered writers through the process of organizing their musical works data now, ahead of the roll out of The MLC’s new user portal for Members.
Why Play Your Part?
The answer is simple. No one is in a better position than you to provide the most definitive view of your musical works data, and making sure your data is accurate and complete is the single most important thing you can do to ensure you are paid properly once The MLC begins receiving digital audio mechanical royalties next year. If each self-administered writer does their part to ensure their musical works data is accurate, The MLC will be in the best possible position to ensure that every self-administered writer gets paid accurately. Remember: The MLC is a non-profit company, and it will distribute 100% of the digital audio mechanicals it receives without deducting any administration fees – so when your ensure your data is accurate, the only one who benefits is you
The MLC has scheduled three webinars so you can pick the one that works best with your schedule. You can sign up by clicking the registration links below. We look forward to seeing you!
September 3, 4pm CT:
September 17, 4pm CT:
October 1, 4pm CT: