It's the start of a new year, and I thought it would be fitting to talk about a new company that will help songwriters and music publishers get paid. Not only that, but their existing creates a new level of transparency in the music industry.
Directly from their website, The MLC (Mechanical Licensing Collective) "will collect digital audio mechanical royalties from eligible streaming and download services in the United States who elect to secure a blanket license from The MLC." In short, they will collect money from services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc., and distribute that money to songwriters and music publishers (or publishing administrators).
If you are a songwriter, who is not signed to a music publisher, and who does not have a publishing administrator (like SongTrust.com), AND if you have songs you've written that are released and available digitally from streaming and download services, you need to sign up with the MLC directly (it's free!) in order to ensure you are ready to receive any digital mechanical royalties owed to you.
If you are a songwriter who is signed to a music publisher, or if you do have an agreement with a publishing administrator, then you should check with the publisher (or publishing administrator) to see if they are already a member of the MLC, and if they would be collecting any money owed to you, and then distributing it to you. Be sure to check, as it affects your checks! (See what I did there?)
I encourage you to visit the MLC website, TheMLC.com. They have a lot of great charts, educational material, and FAQs to help you understand exactly how they are relevant to you.
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