Mechanical Licensing Collective Announces Slate Of Informational Panels

The Mechanical Licensing Collective has announced a full week of panels and programming for Oct. 26-30, intended to provide important updates about its progress as the organization prepares to launch its full operations in January 2021.

Each day during the week, The MLC will offer a webinar featuring updates on the progress of different aspects of The MLC’s operations. Participants will also hear from leading stakeholders who were instrumental to the passage of the Music Modernization Act and the establishment of The MLC, including representatives from the U.S. Copyright Office, National Music Publishers’ Association, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Digital Licensing Committee, The MLC Board, and senior leaders of The MLC.

“We’re looking forward to sharing information and engaging with future Members during this exciting week of programming,” said Kris Ahrend, CEO of The MLC. “It’s an important time for future Members of The MLC to catch up on our progress and make sure they are fully-prepared for 2021.”

A schedule of events:
  • Monday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. CT: “Join us in Supporting The MLC”
    Established by the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018, The MLC will address longstanding challenges in how music creators collect the mechanical royalties they’re owed. This session will review the origin and purpose of The MLC and hear directly from industry stakeholders about how this organization aims to empower copyright owners around the world. Moderated by Billboard’s Robert Levine, this kickoff event features a panel with National Music Publishers’ Association EVP and General Counsel Danielle Aguirre; The MLC CEO Kris Ahrend; ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. Chief Operating Officer and The MLC Board Chair Alisa Coleman; Digital Media Association President and CEO (and representative for the Digital Licensee Coordinator) Garrett Levin; and United States Copyright Office General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights Regan Smith. Register here.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. CT: “The MLC Portal” 
    This session will provide a look into The MLC Portal. The MLC’s Chief Information Officer Richard Thompson will preview The Portal, discuss the Data Quality Initiative and share updates on next steps. Register here.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. CT: “Members First: Making Customer Service our Priority”  
    MLC Head of Customer Experience Lindsey Major and Head of Rights Management Maurice Russell will take part in a Q&A about the MLC’s customer service operation. Serona Elton, The MLC’s Head of Educational Partnerships, will moderate this session. Register here.
  • Thursday, Oct.  29 at 11 a.m. CT: “Engaging International, Educational and Third-Party Partners”   
    Three members of the MLC’s leadership team will discuss how they are building partnerships in three key areas. Panelists include Head of Third-Party Partnerships Dae Bogan, Head of International Relations Indi Chawla, and Head of Educational Partnerships Serona Elton. The MLC’s Head of Rights Management, Maurice Russell, will moderate. Register here.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. CT: “What’s Next: A Vision for the Future”
    Music Business Association President Portia Sabin joins for a conversation with CEO Kris Ahrend to discuss The MLC’s vision for the future, including a preview of the milestones that lie ahead over the next six months (and beyond) as The MLC continues to ramp up operations. Register here.


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