DJs, You’re next! 😊
After 10+ years of building software to help recording artists, songwriters, composers, lyricists, background vocalists, session musicians, independent labels, and music publishers with their music copyrights and royalties; and on the back of helping thousands of the aforementioned administer thousands of copyrights while unlocking tens of millions of dollars in royalties, it’s time to turn my attention to another group of underserved music creators: DJs
There are over 13,000 DJs in the United States and over 56,000 DJs around the world.
There are more DJ/Producers collaborating with independent music creators and influencers than ever before, and DJ/Producers creating new expressions of original music and derivative works for which they often undervalue and underrepresent their own rights and entitlements (that’s if they’re even aware of their entitlements).
I entered the music industry in 2008, while a senior at UCLA, when I formed Renaissance Artist Management (RAM Artist) and began representing DJs, DJ/Producers, and DJ/Remixers. From local up-and-coming DJs to GRAMMY-nominated festival DJs, I’ve had the pleasure of advising, representing, educating, and collaborating with DJs of all walks of life.
Over the past few years, I’ve been privately advising a number of DJ/Producers on their business and careers. From helping to clear samples, to advising remix negotiations, to pitching mix sets to DJ playlists, to web3 experiences (metaverse and NFTs), to setting the music rights administration plan for collaborations on original songs I’ve been having fun guiding and advising a small group of DJ friends.
Now, I’m looking to my next side project: DJ Music Rights
If you’re a DJ/Producer or represent a DJ/Producer, sign up to be the first to know about my forthcoming side project at http://www.djmusicrights.com
I am extremely proud 😁 to announce the launch of a game-changing program that I’ve been championing and developing at The Mechanical Licensing Collective for over 2 years:
The MLC’s Distributor Unmatched Recordings Portal (DURP) is a first-of-its-kind portal that enables independent music distributors to, for the first time, view the recordings they’ve distributed to digital music services (e.g. Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Google, Pandora, Tidal) that may be accruing unclaimed digital audio mechanical royalties for artists and songwriters.
After 12+ years of representing and advising music creators, advocating for music creators, and empowering music creators with education and resources to protect their copyrights and unlock royalties, I am thrilled to offer independent music distributors a tool to help music creators claim millions of dollars in unclaimed royalties from over 2 million unmatched recordings at The MLC.
I would like to thank DURP beta users Believe, TuneCore, CD Baby, Symphonic Distribution, EMPIRE, Vydia, and Repost by SoundCloud for their support and early feedback.
Music distributors can learn more, register for our upcoming info webinar, and request access to DURP at http://www.durp.themlc.com.
June is BLACK MUSIC MONTH! I am thrilled to announce something I’ve been developing for months now:
The Mechanical Licensing Collective and Nashville Music Equality presents For The Culture: Empowering Black Music Creators to Achieve Beyond Reach
🗓 Tuesday, June 21st
⏰ 10am to 6pm
📍 The Mechanical Licensing Collective (Nashville)
Join us for this one-day summit celebrating the evolution of Black Music and its unique and ever-growing impact on the music 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.
10:00am – Check-In
10:30am-11:00am – Opening Discussion: “How Did We Get Here? A Coffee Conversation on the Evolution of Black Music” – The day will kick-off with a conversation to set the tone for the events ahead. Grab a cup of coffee and sit in as three music industry executives discuss the influence of African Americans on popular music. What’s in a genre? Looking to the evolution from Ragtime > Blues > Jazz > R&B > Rock & Roll > Hip-Hop; the commercialization of Black music and the exploitation of Black artists; and more.
• Dae Bogan (Moderator) – Head of Third-Party Partnerships, The Mechanical Licensing Collective and Billboard Digital Power Player
• Brennen Boose – Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications National Museum of African American Music
• Shannon Sanders – Executive Director of Creative, BMI Nashville and 3X GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer
11:15am-12:15pm – “Breaking Through the Noise: Creative Business Strategies for Black Music Creators”
• Shannon Sanders (Moderator) – Executive Director of Creative, BMI Nashville and 3X GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer
• Derek Minor, Grammy Award-winning artist and producer. Co-Founder of We Own Now as well as hip-hop record label Reflection Music Group (RMG)
• Mimi McCarley, Founder of Collab Music Network & Co-Founder of Nashville is Not Just Country Music and We Own Now
12:30pm-1:30pm – “Black Dollars: Unlocking U.S. Digital Music Royalties for Black Music Creators” – Be prepared to take notes and ask questions as this informative panel of music business experts dive into the fundamentals (copyright ownership and publishing), royalty streams (interactive, non-interactive, downloads), post-MMA era rights and entitlements, songwriter challenges, Digital Music Royalties Landscape, and more.
• Dae Bogan (Moderator) – Head of Third-Party Partnerships, The Mechanical Licensing Collective and Billboard Digital Power Player 2019
• Alandis Brassel – Entertainment Attorney, Manager, Assistant Professor of Music Business – University of Memphis
• Cheryl Potts – CEO, Cleerkut Royalty
• George Monger – CEO, Connect Music
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Networking Lunch sponsored by BMI Nashville
2:30pm-4:30pm – The Black Opry Experience – A conversation with the founder of Black Opry, artist conversations, and acoustic performances. Hosted by Gina Miller (SVP & General Manager, MNRK Music) and Kortney Toney (Marketing, Inclusion & Outreach Manager, Naxos of America)
4:30pm-6pm – Closing Reception sponsored by The MLC
Members of The MLC can learn more and reserve your spot at http://www.themlc.com/fortheculture
Wednesday, June 1 at 3 p.m. ET | 2 p.m. CT | Noon PT
This special webinar will feature a compelling discussion on the issues and careers of LGBT creators and professionals in the music industry, as well as an engaging Q&A session during which panelists will unpack and discuss how their identities have impacted their work and personal journeys. The webinar will be moderated by The MLC’s Head of Third-Party Partnerships Dae Bogan.
Learn more at http://www.themlc.com/pride
This is the first significant announcement that sheds light on the work I’ve been doing in my role as Head of Third-Party Partnerships at The MLC.
I am thrilled to announce the addition of four new partners to The MLC’s Data Quality Initiative (DQI); an initiative that enables music rightsholders to assess in bulk the state of their catalog data as it appears at a music rights organization.
The addition of Blokur, EXACTUALS LLC, Music Data Services, and TuneRegistry to the DQI demonstrates The MLC’s commitment to engage companies and organizations at all levels of the music rights ecosystem to ensure that songwriters and music publishers have the information and resources they need to more efficiently administer their musical works in the United States. These four companies are aligned with The MLC’s intent to improve the ways in which music data is managed between rightsholders and a music rights organization.
I look forward to announcing more partnerships across a variety of initiatives in the months and years to come as we develop The MLC into a leading 21st century music rights organization and improve the accuracy with which songwriters and music publishers are accounted to and paid US digital audio mechanical royalties.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning to UCLA for the 5th year to teach my course “Music Industry Entrepreneurship” at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
In 2017, I was honored to be recognized by Billboard in its 15 Best Music Business Schools of 2017 and later named to the Billboard 2019 Digital Power Players list for my work as a serial entrepreneur at the intersection of music copyrights, royalties, and technology. While updating my curriculum to fit a 100% online format will be a challenge, I look forward to guiding my international students in their exploration of entrepreneurship and innovation in the music industry.
This upcoming Winter ’21 quarter will coincide with my role as Head of Third-Party Partnership at The Mechanical Licensing Collective, which is the non-profit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to issue and administer the newly created blanket digital audio mechanical license in accordance the Music Modernization Act of 2018. The historic passage of the MMA made it the most significant update to the U.S. Copyright Act in decades. To this end, I was honored to advise the U.S. Congressional Budget Office during its economic analysis of the bill and was humbled to be invited by Copyright Royalty Judge Hon. Steve Ruse to participate in the unclaimed royalties study symposium and speak at the Library of Congress on the ways in which The MLC could reach, engage, and support self-administered songwriters and small and emerging music publishers in the United States and abroad.
In a word, I don’t think I could be happier about where my hard work, accomplishments, and setbacks have lead me since deciding this time of year 17 years ago to pick up and relocate to Los Angeles from Cleveland, OH as a homeless, unemployed 18-year-old aspiring musician. While I pivoted from being the talent to supporting the talent early own, my passion for empowering and educating music creators and music entrepreneurs has never been stronger.
I can’t wait to see what this next chapter has to offer!
Yo! I am excited to announce that SoundCloud is launching its own channel on livestreaming platform Twitch, with a slate of original programming that includes panel conversations, music sets and more…and I will be moderating the premiere of “Could Bar”.
On Thursday, May 7th, Soundcloud will begin airing its three-hour weekly live chat series “Cloud Bar,” where creators, industry execs and influencers will take on topics, like how to build a career in music, and look at new trends in music discovery, culture and more.
From self-care to the state of live music today, we’re going deep on the issues and topics that matter most to artists today. Get advice, insight and hear personal stories from the SoundCloud team and a range of experts. Check the calendar below to find out who’s on each week and what time we’re going live.
Tune in every Thursday if you want to learn more about self-care, the music media landscape and the future of “live” events – or to share some your own thoughts & advice.
This week’s guests include CAA music agents, Zach Iser and Caroline Yim; artist managers Byron Wilson, Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans; Dae Bogan of The Mechanical Licensing Collective; XXL’s Editorial Director Georgette Cline; hip-hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo; recording artist, activist and entrepreneur, Vic Mensa; and founder and CEO of Biz 3 Publicity and ICF certified Personal/Professional Coach, Kathryn Frazier.
I am thrilled to announce that I have joined The Mechanical Licensing Collective as the Head of Third-Party Partnerships.
Over the last 15 years, I have supported the independent music community as an indie artist/songwriter/producer/DJ manager, indie label owner, indie music publisher, music retailer, live music producer, educator, writer, advisor/consultant to digital media companies and rights-holders, and as a serial entrepreneur of music tech startups.
In 2018, after many years of music industry negotiations, Congress passed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) to update the way in which music creators are accounted to and paid in the United States. In 2019, the Register of Copyrights designated the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the non-profit organization responsible for administering the blanket mechanical license—issuing licenses to digital music services such as Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, Deezer, and Tidal—and paying out royalties to songwriters.
I’ve been involved in the MMA x MLC conversation for several years; from conducting research into the metadata issues impacting mechanical licensing in the United States in 2015 (which led to me founding TuneRegistry and RoyaltyClaim), to helping to promote a bill in 2016 that became Title 3 of the MMA, to partnering with HFA to open up more access to self-published songwriters in 2017 and streamlining that process in 2018, to speaking at the MMA Symposium in D.C. in 2019 on how the MLC can reach and serve self-published songwriters.
Now, I will serve the independent music community as Head of Third-Party Partnerships at The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) where I will lead the organization’s strategy for engaging third-party entities to support initiatives in rights administration, data management, operations, and education.
I look forward to continuing my mission to support songwriters while effecting and empowering innovation within the music industry.