Executive vp/general counsel, National Music Publishers' Association
Partner, Alter Kendrick & Baron
Co-president, The Azoff Company
Owner/CEO, LaPolt Law
To say that these executives, who played a crucial role in the passage of the Music Modernization Act, have remained busy in the year since the legislation was signed into law would be an understatement. All four were involved in the creation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective, the mechanical rights administration organization called for by the MMA. “It’s a technology and data company at its heart,” says Aguirre, a nonvoting board member of the MLC. Beta testing on a centralized public database accessible to both rights holders and anyone licensing mechanical rights is slated for the end of the second quarter of 2020. “We will have a portal, one place, where you’ll get paid, and there will be audit rights,” says Aguirre. “It’s something that’s intuitive, whether you’re a self-published songwriter with a few songs or you’re a major publisher with a few million songs.”
The MLC wasn’t the only new organization launched in 2018 to protect the rights of creators. Genco -- along with her fellow co-president of The Azoff Company, Elizabeth Collins -- was one of the founding forces behind the Music Artists Coalition, an artist advocacy group.