The MLC to showcase Black Songwriters

In celebration of Black Music Month, the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) showcases talented emerging and established Black songwriters in the upcoming panel, The MLC Presents: The Writer Behind the Song (Black Music Month Edition) and dynamic workshop, From Beat to Bank: Dissecting the Flow of Digital Music Royalties. Both events serve as platforms for education and empowerment by magnifying Black voices and providing invaluable resources to creators. The MLC aims to foster a thriving environment where Black artists and creators can flourish, achieve recognition and receive rightful compensation for their contributions to the music industry.  

The MLC Presents: The Writer Behind the Song (Black Music Month Edition) is asynergetic panel discussion that dives into the creative process of Black music creators, engaging in dialogue about their musical craft, career paths and personal journeys. Moderated by Janishia Jones, CEO of Fresh ‘N Sassy Productions, the panel boasts an array of diverse speakers which include music artist and Head of Community at ZORA, Latashá, artist, songwriter and creator, Stephanie Jacques, and multiplatinum Grammy-nominated songwriter and CEO of The Mezzo Agency, Tami LaTrell. The panel will take place on June 7 at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT / 12 p.m. PT. Tune in by registering here

From Beat to Bank: Dissecting the Flow of Digital Music Royalties is an interactive workshop specifically designed for aspiring Hip-Hop and R&B music creators. Presented by The MLC and Not Just Country Music and led by Dae Bogan, Head of Third-Party Partnerships at The MLC, the workshop will take creators through a crash course demystifying the intricate world of music rights, income entitlements, publishing administration and the distribution of U.S. digital music royalties. Through a series of individual and group simulations, participants will delve into various facets of the industry including contribution and credit tracking, negotiation of splits, the impact of samples on copyrights and royalties, work registrations and the process of claiming royalty shares. Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of how song and recording contributions translate into royalty payments from The MLC and other organizations. The workshop will take place at The MLC’s office in Nashville on June 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT. Tune in by registering here

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About The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)   

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) was designated by the U.S. Register of Copyrights in July 2019 pursuant to the Music Modernization Act of 2018. The MLC is responsible for administering the new blanket compulsory license for the use of musical works by digital music services. As of January 2021, mechanical royalties from streaming in the U.S. will be processed and paid out by The MLC at no cost to songwriters or music publishers.   

The MLC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of songwriters and representatives of music publishers. For more background on The MLC and its Board and Committee members, go to