The MLC Seeking Songwriter Suggestions for Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Candidates

NASHVILLE, TN – The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is accepting suggestions of songwriter candidates for its Board of Directors and Unclaimed Royalties Oversight and Dispute Resolution committees.

Under the Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA), certain governance positions at The MLC are reserved for representatives of songwriters. The terms of several songwriter seats on the Board and the organization’s advisory committees are slated to end later this year.

These include the following seats:

  • Two (2) songwriter seats on the Board of Directors;
  • Two (2) songwriter seats on the Dispute Resolution Committee, which recommends policies and procedures to the Board for the processing of royalties related to works that are subject to disputes over ownership; and
  • Two (2) songwriter seats on the Unclaimed Royalties Oversight Committee, which recommends policies and procedures to The MLC’s Board related to the distribution of unclaimed accrued royalties.
The MLC will submit all recommendations it receives to the Board’s Songwriter Nominating Committee for consideration. Board and committee members sit for three-year terms and may be re-elected. Seats are filled pursuant to The MLC’s Bylaws.

The MLC’s Board of Directors and committees meet regularly and all meetings allow for virtual participation such that travel is not generally required. Members are expected to devote sufficient time to prepare for and participate fully in all meetings. Candidates for the Board of Directors must be professional songwriters who retain and license mechanical rights for songs they have written. More information on The MLC’s Board of Directors and advisory committees can be found here

Suggestions should be made no later than July 31, 2023. To suggest a candidate for a songwriter representative seat to The MLC’s Board or committees, please complete the suggestion form available here.