The MLC Reports $700M in Royalties Distributed to Songwriters and Publishers
The Mechanical Licensing Collective held its second annual membership meeting this week in Nashville. In the presentation, the organization shared key insights into its second year of operation, including that it had distributed almost $700 million in blanket royalties to its members.
According to the meeting, the MLC, which has been operational since Jan. 1, 2021, now has 22,000 members, with 6,000 new additions in 2022 alone, and has over 17 million works registered to date, processing more than 98% of those registrations. To date, it has collected nearly $1 billion in mechanical royalties on behalf of songwriters and publishers, and rights holders have received more than $800 million in royalties, nearly $700 million of which were blanket royalties distributed directly by The MLC. About $120 million royalties were processed by The MLC but paid by digital service providers like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and more, pursuant to voluntary licenses.
Since it began operations, The MLC says it has finished 19 monthly royalty distributions, all of which were completed on time or early. For the last six months in particular, the non-profit organization reported that its current match rate for all royalties processed through September’s royalty distribution is 89% and has exceeded 85% for six straight months.
“We are incredibly proud of these accomplishments,” says CEO Kris Ahrend. “Our team has worked hard to build robust data processing systems that allow us to distribute royalties accurately and on time. We have also released a suite of tools for our Members that enable them to manage their catalog data effectively and correct any missing or inaccurate data they find. While there is still more work to do, we are pleased with our progress and are deeply appreciative of all the support we have received from our Members and from the broader industry at large.”
During the meeting, the MLC also shared that Tim Cohan and Scott Cutler were elected to serve as board directors for a second three-year term, and Kara Dioguardi was elected as songwriter director of the board for a second three-year term.
The MLC was formed in response to the Music Modernization Act of 2018 to be exclusively responsible for administering blanket compulsory licenses for music compositions to streaming services.
The MLC was formed with designation from the the U.S. Register of Copyrights in response to the Music Modernization Act of 2018 to be exclusively responsible for administering blanket compulsory licenses for music compositions to streaming services. Operations began at the start of 2021, and it has been paying out royalties since April of that year, including money from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and more.