As part of the recently-passed Music Modernization Act (MMA) in the US, a new ‘Mechanical Licensing Collective’ (MLC) will be created to license and administer mechanical rights in that country. Two groups are competing to be awarded the contract, and details of their plans have now been published, as part of the process.

Billboard has done a great job of summarising the two groups’ plans: the ‘consensus group’ backed by the National Music Publishers Association and other bodies; and the American Music Licensing Collective(AMLC) which has its own group of publishing-industry backers. Both groups have published lists of their boards, consultants and potential technology partners – on the latter front, Music Reports, SESAC/HFA, SXWorks and Sacem/IBM are being assessed by the consensus group; while Music Reports and Socan’s DataClef are in the frame for the AMLC. Don’t forget another part of the MMA’s implementation though: the appointment of a ‘digital licensing coordinator’ to represent the digital music services.

One application has been made for that, through industry body the Digital Media Association (DiMA). Its board of directors will include representatives from Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon and SiriusXM. Billboard notes that DiMA has yet to endorse either one of the two competing applications for the MLC.

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