One of the key parts of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was the plan to create a new collective to license and administer mechanical rights in the US. Yesterday we got more details on the pitch from the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Songwriters of North America (SONA) for their ‘Mechanical Licensing Collective’ (MLC), with a board of directors, committees and advisory panels drawn from across the industry.
The MLC also has the backing of bodies including the RIAA, A2IM, ASCAP, BMI, AIMP, The Recording Academy and all three major labels, among others – the full lists are here. The MLC should be a shoe-in to become the collective administering mechanical licensing in the US, then, right? But it’s not the only option: another group, the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC) is also in the running.
As Billboard notes, the main body that has yet to deliver an endorsement is the Digital Media Association (DiMA), representing the digital-music services that will actually be paying for the new collective.