Making Sense of the New Blanket Mechanical License and the Mechanical Licensing Collective #IRespectMusic

This post first appeared on MusicTech Solutions This is a recording of a webinar about the Mechanical Licensing Collective that I did with Abby North and Gwen Seale, sponsored by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and Austin Music Foundation.   The webinar is from the point of view of self-published […]

When Do I Get Paid by The MLC?

Songwriters are beginning to realize that the government is forcing them to use The MLC, Inc. (financed by the streaming services) as their mechanical licensing collective for collecting and paying their mechanical royalties.  So now they are asking questions about when and how that payment is to be made, among other things. The over arching […]

Save the Date! January 14 at Noon CST, Zoom Panel with @musictechpolicy @northmusicgroup @sealeinthedeal for Independent Songwriters

I’m grateful to Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Texas Musicians and the Austin Music Foundation for hosting an information webinar next week on the impact of the new blanket mechanical license under the Music Modernization Act on independent songwriters. We will also cover the nuts and bolts of dealing with The MLC, […]

Happy New License Availability Date!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Auld Lang Syne, by Robert Burns If you’ve gotten accustomed to regular mechanical royalty checks every month or quarter paid directly to you (or your publisher) by streaming services or for downloads like iTunes, fasten your seatbelt. You may have some surprises coming in this time […]

What is Apple Music Up to with the MLC?

You may have received this notice from HFA Client Services with the subject line “APPLE LEGAL NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT” which a vigilant reader sent to us: What is interesting about this is the opening paragraph: Dear Publisher, Reference is hereby made to that certain Subscription, Lyrics, and Cloud Services License Agreement or Subscription and […]

@SGAWrites and Society of Composers & Lyricists Proposal for Secret Deals — Artist Rights Watch

[Editor Charlie sez: Here’s an excerpt from the important joint comment by the Songwriters Guild and the Society of Composers & Lyricists to the Copyright Office about how to address the previously secret deals between digital music services and publishers (called the “Negotiated Agreements”.  Read the full comment here.].] With potentially hundreds of millions of dollars […]