The Mechanical Licensing Collective, in collaboration with the Save The Music Foundation, is presenting Junior Music Rights Week from Oct. 11-15. The initiative is aimed at helping young music creators between 13-18 years old and their parents or guardians learn more about the business side of the music industry and the mechanical licensing process.
Developed by Dae Bogan, The MLC’s Head of Third-Party Partnerships, Junior Music Rights Week is designed to address the recent surge of young, aspiring artists taking advantage of economical tools to produce new music on their own and utilizing user generated content platforms to release that music to the world.
“Thousands of songs are being uploaded every month to traditional digital music services and other online platforms created by promising teenage artists, and virtually all of the music these songwriters are releasing has the potential to earn royalties when it becomes available on digital music services,” says Bogan. “As a result, it is important to provide these teen music creators with a basic understanding of music copyright law early in their careers so they are prepared to move forward as knowledgeable and empowered professional music creators in the future.”
The initiative will feature two webinars, hosted by The MLC, and a virtual pop-quiz for participants on the music business and mechanical licensing, as well as the release of a series of FAQs and an animated explainer video about The MLC.
Kicking off with a Music, Rights and Money for Teen Artists webinar on Monday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. CT, Bogan will cover the basics of music copyrights, digital music royalties and the use of music for the internet, social media, film and TV and answer questions from participants. Teens in Music Roundtable, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. CT. Serona Elton, The MLC’s Head of Educational Partnerships and a long-time university professor, will host a live conversation with a handful of up-and-coming teenage music creators, each of whom will talk about their musical journey to-date, share their experiences with creating and releasing new music, discuss some of the challenges young creators face and much more.
“Collaborations such as this play a key role in helping The MLC fulfill its mission. We are thrilled to be working with the Save The Music Foundation to educate and empower a new generation of creators,” adds Kris Ahrend, CEO of The MLC.
“Our teachers have been expressing an interest in learning more about copyright law as more and more students are creating their own songs and music,” comments Chiho Okuizumi Feindler, Chief Program Officer of Save The Music Foundation. “Junior Music Rights Week will offer our students the tools they need to be successful as take their first steps as songwriters and we’d like to thank Dae Bogan and his team at The MLC for creating this great opportunity for our community of students, teachers and beyond.”
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