NSAI Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) chosen by U.S Copyright Office to license mechanical streaming royalties
“A SPECIAL MESSAGE from NSAI Exec. Director Bart Herbison.
NSAI's Mechanical Licensing Collective or MLC was chosen today by the U.S Copyright Office as the new agency to license mechanical streaming royalties for American songwriters. This is a BIG deal, historic really. Something we've worked on for years. Streaming companies pay for it so songwriters get 100% of these royalties, despite what our opposition has claimed songwriters for the first time in history are guaranteed to receive unclaimed funds in a fair way and writers get to help govern this new agency. The MLC begins operating January 1, 2021. I want to thank NSAI President Steve Bogard, past-President Lee Miller, Legislative Co-Chair Roger Brown, board member Tim Nichols who will serve on the new MLC Board along with songwriters Kara DioGuardi, Oak Felder and Kevin Kadish, the National Music Publishers Assn. and their genius CEO David Israelite and amazing General Counsel Danielle Aguirre who spearheaded the MLC, Songwriters of North America led by MLC Unclaimed Funds Committee vice-Chair Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis and their counsel Dina LaPolt who were partners with NSAI in creating the MLC. NSAI's board, every writer who ever went to DC with us or participated in our advocacy efforts and especially our Senior Director of Operations Jennifer Turnbow who deserves so much credit along with the MLC Board and Chair Alisa Coleman. All this is possible because of the Music Modernization Act envisioned by Congressman Doug Collins. Thanks to TN Senator Lamar Alexander, Senators Hatch, Blackburn and Whitehouse and Reps. Goodlatte and Jeffries. It is my honor to know and work with each of you. Songwriters are fortunate to have you in their corner. Bart Herbison”
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