The Mechanical Licensing Collective and Save The Music Foundation will present the “Junior Music Rights Week” from October 11 to 15


NASHVILLE, TH – The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) collaborates with the Save The Music Foundation on “Junior Music Rights Week” October 11-15, an initiative to help young music creators aged 13-18 – and their parents or guardians – learn more about the business side of the music industry and more specifically, the mechanical licensing process.

Developed by Dae Bogan, MLC’s Third Party Partnerships Manager, in collaboration with the Save The Music Foundation, ‘Junior Music Rights Week’ is designed to respond to a wave in recent years of young budding artists taking advantage of tools. economical to produce new music on their own and using User Generated Content (UGC) platforms to disseminate that music to the world.

The initiative aims to educate young music creators early in their careers

The initiative revolves around two webinars hosted by MLC and a fun virtual trivia game for participants with questions spanning the music industry and mechanical licensing, as well as the publication of a series of FAQs for teens and their parents or guardians and an animated how-to video about the MLC. By the end of the week, attendees will have gained a basic understanding of music copyright, their rights as young copyright holders, and the many ways young music creators like them use. social media apps and websites to create revenue streams.

“Thousands of songs are uploaded each month to traditional digital music services and other online platforms created by promising teenage artists, and virtually all of the music these songwriters release has the potential to earn royalties when it becomes available on digital music services. said Bogan, who teaches music business courses at several top universities in addition to his role on the MLC leadership team. “Accordingly, it is important to provide these young music creators with a basic understanding of music copyright law early in their careers so that they are ready to move forward as music creators. informed and empowered professionals for the future. “

“Collaborations like this play a key role in helping the MLC fulfill its mission. We are delighted to be working with the Save The Music Foundation to educate and empower a new generation of creators, ”added Kris Ahrend, CEO of MLC.

CEO of Music Licensing Collective Kris Ahrend

“Our teachers have expressed interest in learning more about copyright law as more and more students create their own songs and music,” said Chiho Okuizumi Feindler, Program Manager at Save The Music Foundation. “Junior Music Rights Week will provide our students with the tools they need to be successful as they take their first steps as songwriters and we would like to thank Dae Bogan and his MLC team for creating this amazing opportunity for our community of students, teachers and beyond.

Junior Music Rights Week kicks off with “Music, Rights and Money for Teen Artists” webinar Monday, October 11 at 5 p.m. CT

Bogan will cover the basics of music copyright, digital music royalties and the use of music for the internet, social media, film and television and answer questions from attendees. The next day, participants will take a “So You Think You Know About Music Rights” virtual quiz consisting of multiple choice questions drawn from topics covered during the webinar.

A second webinar, titled Teens in Music Roundtable, will take place on Thursday, October 14 at 5 p.m. CT. Serona Elton, MLC Education Partnerships Manager and longtime college professor, will lead a frank, live conversation with a handful of promising teenage music creators, each of whom will talk about their musical journey to date, share their experiences with creating and releasing new music, discuss some of the challenges young creators face and much more.

Junior Music Rights Week builds on the considerable efforts of the MLC to educate all rights holders who may receive mechanical digital audio royalties for the use of their songs by digital service providers (DSPs). The MLC seeks to educate rights holders about changes to the mechanical licensing process that came into effect following the passage of the Music Modernization Act of 2018, the role of the MLC in administering the new Global license available for DSPs that operate digital audio services in the United States. States as of January 1, 2021, and the benefits for rights holders of becoming a member of the MLC.

The Music Licensing Collective (MLC) was designated by the US Register of Copyrights in July 2019 under the Music Modernization Act of 2018. The MLC is responsible for administering the new general compulsory license for the use of musical works by digital music services. From January 2021, mechanical royalties for streaming in the United States will be processed and paid by the MLC at no cost to songwriters or music publishers. The MLC is governed by a board of directors made up of songwriters and representatives of music publishers.

The Save the Music Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that helps students, schools and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. Founded in 1997, Save The Music partners with school districts and raises funds to restore music programs in public schools. Since its inception, the organization has donated more than $ 63 million in new musical instruments, equipment and technology to 2,290 schools in 286 school districts across the country, impacting the lives of hundreds thousands of students.

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