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.
Some music industry executives believe that my position on many issues affecting music creators is too bullish. They dismiss my analyses as sensationalism. They believe, or are at least silent on the notion, that demanding the fair and equitable treatment of middle-class songwriters and recording artists should come with exceptions that disproportionately benefit corporations: major publishers and digital service providers.
But I am a copyright purist.
I believe that the authors of copyrighted musical works — songwriters — should have more say in the way in which their creations are valued and monetized in the marketplace. I do not believe in trickle-down economics or its promise that what’s best for the few at the top will benefit the majority at the bottom.
Greed disproves this all of the time.
Greed is asking songwriters to forgo the potential financial upside of bringing forward legitimate claims of past copyright infringement while simultaneously telling the songwriter community that monies that may become due to them could be redirected, by market share, to the few at the top who negotiated the preemptive dismissal of claims in the first place. Greed is telling artists to campaign for a piece of legislation that will reduce the number of entrants into the on-demand streaming market while simultaneously controlling/dominating the editorial opportunities of the DSP incumbents, greatly reducing opportunities that would otherwise be made available to emerging artists by startups that wish to partner with and elevate emerging artists.
I do believe that the Music Modernization Act will pass. I just hope that the decision-makers give some real thought to the millions of up-and-coming music creators who are not represented by the individuals who wrote the legislation that’ll change the way their copyrights will be exploited in the U.S.
Read the article here:https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/05/07/music-modernization-act-mma-legal-theft/
“‘The MMA gives a digital service like Spotify or Amazon a more convenient way of licensing songs,’ Dae Bogan, founder of music management platform TuneRegistry and a longtime music rights advocate and executive, explains. ‘And it opens a potential windfall of income to legacy artists who were left out of the digital boom.’ But Bogan adds that the legislation doesn’t come close to fixing all, or even most, of the problems in music royalties for labels, publishers and musicians; the simplified processes just make it more likely they’ll get the money they’re due.” via RollingStone