The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Songwriters of North America (SONA) and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), yesterday unveiled broad endorsements for their industry-consensus Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) submission to the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO).
The submission, which will be filed by March 21, creates the collective required by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) to license and administer mechanical rights. For songwriters, composers and music publishers, the time is now to determine who should be in charge of licensing their copyrights. If you believe this important collective should be run by songwriters and music publishers, visit SupportTheMLC.com today to sign the official petition and express your support. Music publishers can add their endorsements at SongConnect.org.
The MMA requires that the MLC is “endorsed by, and enjoys substantial support from, musical work copyright owners that together represent the greatest percentage of the licensor market.”
Today, the overwhelming majority of musical works owners in the U.S. have voiced support for the MLC submission, and joining them are performance rights organizations, record labels and many other organizations including the boards of the NSAI and SONA. For a comprehensive list of endorsements, as well full MLC board and committee appointments, please visit the NSAI website.
Designed in the language of the MMA to provide American songwriters fairer representation in the licensing of mechanical royalties, the MLC board and committees will be comprised of a dedicated, informed and outspoken body from the creative community. The revered songwriters and composers appointed to these roles have already received vast support from the coalition members largely responsible for the MMA’s passage. Their peers in the songwriting profession should be assured that the names chosen for the submitted collective will be the ones representing their copyrights, providing new transparency and fighting for fairer compensation for their work.