Welcome Mechanical Licensing Collective, our Newest NTC Member!
Written by: Erin Whitaker | Posted Aug 24, 2020

We’re excited to welcome Mechanical Licensing Collective as our newest member. To tell us more about the organization, we spoke to Chris Heredia, Business Systems Manager for Mechanical Licensing Collective.

What is the Mission of Mechanical Licensing Collective?

The MLC will strive to ensure that its Members (music publishers, administrators, and self-administered songwriters, composers, and lyricists) receive their share of the mechanical royalties paid by U.S. audio streaming and download services pursuant to a new blanket mechanical license that The MLC will administer accurately and on time.

What solutions does Mechanical Licensing Collective provide its customers?

The MLC will be maintaining a database of musical works data that its Members will be able to access via a new user portal. Members will be able to view their musical works data in this user portal, as well as submit modifications to their existing musical works data and register new musical works with The MLC.

The MLC will also make the musical works data it maintains publicly accessible, providing a greater degree of transparency to all songwriters, composers and lyricists, as well as members of the public who wish to access this data.

To help its Members improve the quality of their musical works data, The MLC recently launched a new data quality initiative (the “DQI”). Pursuant to this initiative, The MLC provides Members with the ability to compare their musical works data with the musical works data The MLC has compiled, and then receive reports detailing any discrepancies between the two data sets, so that Members can more easily analyze these discrepancies and determine the most appropriate way to resolve them.

What kinds of services does Mechanical Licensing Collective offer?

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (“The MLC”) is a new, nonprofit, music industry organization that will administer a new blanket mechanical license available to eligible U.S. streaming and download services starting in January 2021 and then collect and distribute the royalties due under those licenses to music publishers, administrators, and self-administered songwriters, composers and lyricists. You can learn more about The MLC at www.TheMLC.com.

What is the primary reason your organization decided to join the NTC?

The MLC’s primary activities will include managing musical works data on behalf of its members and distributing mechanical royalties to its Members, and The MLC will use cutting edge technology platforms and tools to do so. Joining the NTC will allow The MLC’s Nashville team to meet and connect with peers at other area technology companies in order to learn about new developments in technology and data management and share best practices.

Thanks Chris for helping us to learn more about Mechanical Licensing Collective!