The MLC Announces Summit 'For The Culture: Empowering Black Music Creators'

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is commemorating Black Music Month by teaming up with Nashville Music Equality (NME) to present For The Culture: Empowering Black Music Creators to Achieve Beyond Reach on Tuesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The MLC’s offices in Nashville.

Spearheaded by Dae Bogan – The MLC’s Head of Third-Party Partnerships – in collaboration with NME’s Gina Miller, Kortney Toney and Shannon Sanders, this one-day summit will celebrate the evolution of Black Music and its unique and ever-growing impact on the music industry with collaborative discussions and insightful presentations from some of the leading African American voices in the industry.

The event will feature panels designed specifically for Black music creators that both explore creative business strategies and examine the overall royalty landscape, networking opportunities for attendees and a host of live music performances.

Speakers include:

  • Dae Bogan: Head of Third-Party Partnerships, The MLC, and 2019 Billboard Digital Power Player
  • Brennen Boose: Sr. Manager of Marketing and Communications, National Museum of African American Music
  • Alandis Brassel: Entertainment Attorney, Manager and Assistant Professor of Music Business - University of Memphis
  • Mimi McCarley: Founder of Collab Music Network & Co-Founder of Nashville is Not Just Country Music and We Own Now
  • *Gina Miller: Senior Vice President & General Manager, MNRK Music
  • Derek Minor: GRAMMY® Award-Winning Artist and Producer & Co-Founder of We Own Now and hip-hop record label Reflection Music Group (RMG)
  • George Monger: CEO, Connect Music
  • Cheryl Potts: CEO, Cleerkut Royalty
  • *Shannon Sanders: Executive Director of Creative, BMI Nashville, and 3-time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Producer
  • *Kortney Toney: Marketing, Inclusion & Outreach Manager, Naxos of America

*Nashville Music Equality board of directors.

Click here for more information, including a full agenda, and to register to attend.

This event is the latest in a series of cultural partnership programs that highlight The MLC's commitment to diversity. The MLC welcomes discussions with organizations that aim to educate and empower music creators from historically marginalized or underrepresented communities as it continues to develop and expand on its cultural partnerships. To learn more, contact [email protected].