Billboard: A2IM Indie Week Dives into Data: Mechanical Licensing Collective, What Numbers Matter Most and More

In the third quarter of this year, the still-being built Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) plans to launch its portal so that music rights holders will be able to scrutinize its data to ensure their copyrights are correctly listed -- a key ingredient in making sure everyone receives proper renumeration from streaming services.

That was one of many key developments discussed during A2IM’s IndieWeek, which is being held June 15-18. During this week, the trade group featured a slate of virtual panels aimed at helping indie labels traverse the exceedingly complex music business.

On Tuesday, since many indie label owners also own music publishing assets, the group’s CEO Richard James Burgess conducted a conversation with MLC CEO Kris Ahrend where Ahrend said that rolling out the portal ahead the MLC's official launch in January 2021 will allow copyright owners to “engage with data” and improve and correct that data where needed.

Read more via Billboard.