American Mechanical Licensing Collective to Host Nashville Event Regarding Mechanical Licensing Collective

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The American Mechanical Licensing Collective appears to be piggybacking on the Town Hall to be hosted by the National Music Publishers Assn. and the Nashville Songwriters Association International in Nashville on Wednesday (April 10) in response to the digital services appealing the Copyright Royalty Board publishing rates determination.

The AMLC, in conjunction with the Songwriters Guild Of America, is holding an informational event at 5:30-8:30 p.m. C.T. a few blocks from the other event, which is scheduled earlier from 3:30-5 p.m. C.T.

The NMPA/NSAI event will make a presentation on the CRB rate determination, which resulted in a 44% increase in the headline rate for publishers and songwriters in the final year of the rate term. But then Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora appealed that rate determination, angering publishers and songwriters -- and thus the reason for the Town Hall. The NMPA/NSAI executives have invited Spotify to participate; it’s unclear if the digital service has responded.

Meanwhile, the AMLC event will focus on the Mechanical Licensing Collective created by the Music Modernization Act and the Music Licensing Collective created by it to oversee the blanket mechanical license, also created by the MMA.

The AMLC is one of two entities that put in applications to the U.S. Copyright Office to become the group to build the MLC, with the other group being sponsored by the NMPA/NSAI and the Songwriters Of North America.

According to its announcement, the AMLC event will feature a panel discussion on the MLC and “how it will ensure that the money earned from streaming music is paid to the person or entity who earned it.”

Panelists will include proposed AMLC board members and/or committee members consisting of Clearbox Music Publishing founder/CEO John Barker; SGA president Rick Carnes; Boogie Shack Music Group’s Hakim Draper; songwriter Zoe Keating; Union Music Group president Ricardo Ordonez and Audiam CEO Jeff Price. The announcement says it has invited the NMPA and NSAI executives to participate too.

One thing's for sure: not only will the Nashville songwriters become better informed on both issues on April 10, but they are going to eat and drink for free that day as the NMPA/NSAI event promises sliders and beer, with an RSVP to leah@nashvillesongwriters.com. Meanwhile, the AMLC/SGA event will serve pizza, with an RSVP here