Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) Officially Granted $62 Million in Startup Capital

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), which is tasked with tracking, collecting, and distributing mechanical licenses from streaming services in the U.S., has just been granted a $62 million starting budget. Initially, the MLC — principally backed… Continue Reading

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People Aren’t Getting Paid on Spotify’s $43.5 Million Class Action Settlement — No Responses, No Payments

Two years ago, independent songwriters and publishers agreed to a $43.5 million settlement with Spotify over unpaid mechanical licenses. Now, the payout process doesn’t seem to be happening. Back in 2017, Digital Music News broke the story that S… Continue Reading

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Michael Jackson Estate Acquires the Rights to the Sly Stone Catalog

The Michael Jackson estate, along with Jackson’s publishing company MIJAC Music, have acquired a majority interest in the U.S. rights of Sly and the Family Stone’s music catalog. Previously in 1983, MIJAC purchased the rights of the band&#8… Continue Reading

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Molly Neuman Named President Of Songtrust

Molly Neuman has been named President of Downtown Music owned Songtrust, the indie global music royalty collection and publishing administrator. Neuman joined Songtrust in 2017 as Global Head of Business Development. During her tenure, Songtrust has posted record-setting metrics for the business, including triple-digit growth with more than 2 million… Continue Reading

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Streaming Giant Balks at Mechanical Licensing Collective’s $66.25 Million Startup Budget

The Mechanical Licensing Collective’s healthy startup budget is meeting resistance from at least one major streaming platform. Just how much does it cost to start a US-based licensing agency for streaming mechanicals? The newly-minted Mechanical … Continue Reading

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Canadian Music Publishers Association Unveils Rebrand, Programming

The Canadian Music Publishers Association has today (Oct. 29) announced that it has rebranded to Music Publishers Canada. According to the organization, the rebrand includes a refreshed logo, social media channels and evolving programming. “The new brand communicates our evolving identity as champions of the rights of music publishers in… Continue Reading

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Anthem Entertainment Acquires a Trove of Hits from Boardwalk Music Group

On October 29th, Anthem Entertainment acquired from Boardwalk Music Group a catalog that includes songs from Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Lizzo, Leon Bridges, Jason Derulo and Pitbull. The songs, which were written by Eric Frederic (Ricky Reed), include the… Continue Reading

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