Mechanical Licensing Collective (also known as “The MLC”).
- January 9, 2021
The MLC is a new nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018. Starting in January 2021, The MLC will administer a new blanket mechanical license available to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States. The MLC will be responsible for collecting the mechanical royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and then distributing them to music publishers, administrators, and self-administered songwriters, composers, and lyricists. Because your organization serves songwriters, we wanted to reach out to you to share some of the resources we have created specifically for self-administered songwriters, so you can consider sharing them with your members.
A great place for your members to start learning more about The MLC is our website: TheMLC.com. There, they can learn about our mission and our purpose, and access materials that can help them determine if they should become Members of The MLC. Our website also offers detailed information about how songwriters can organize their musical works data for submission to The MLC, and the steps they can take to guarantee the accuracy of that data and ensure they receive, in full, the digital audio mechanical royalties they are owed. It is important to note that self-administered songwriters must become Members of The MLC and make sure The MLC has sufficient data for all of the musical works they self-administer in order for The MLC to be in a position to pay them their share of the digital audio mechanical royalties The MLC will start collecting next year.