Data Quality Initiative

For Publishers, Administrators, Self-Administered Songwriters and CMOs: Data Quality Initiative (DQI)

The MLC created the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) to provide a streamlined way for music publishers, administrators, self-administered songwriters and foreign collective management organizations (CMOs) to compare large schedules of their musical works’ data against The MLC’s data. Through the DQI, The MLC will provide participants with reports that highlight the discrepancies between the two sets of data so that they can more easily address those discrepancies and improve the quality of The MLC's data.

The MLC has begun working directly with a number of music publishers, self-administered songwriters and administrators to on-board them into the initiative. The MLC is also working with software vendors to help them enhance their platforms to enable users of their systems to participate in the initiative. The MLC looks forward to working with other music publishers, self-administered songwriters, administrators, CMOs and software system vendors interested in participating in The MLC’s Data Quality Initiative.

The MLC is committed to fulfilling its mission to ensure that self-administered songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers receive timely and accurate mechanical royalties from streaming and download services (DSPs) in the United States. 

As part of our overall vision to serve our members and be an active and engaged participant in the music industry, The MLC has embarked on a comprehensive plan to engage in strategic partnerships with third parties. Such partnerships add value to our services and create opportunities for The MLC to develop or support initiatives that empower our niche member communities. 

Chief among those partnerships is our Data Quality Initiative Partner Program. The companies listed below have demonstrated the ability to enable music publishers and self-administered songwriters to participate in The MLC's DQI process to check their data against our data. 

DQI Partner Companies: 

If you are interested in exploring a partnership on the DQI please click here.

For more information on the Data Quality Initiative, please click here.

DQI Partner Showcase Webinars 

#1 - Vistex

The MLC's Head of Third-Party Partnerships, Dae Bogan, and Vistex's Music Team Leader, Stephen Carlisle, for an overview of the DQI and a demo of Vistex's version of the DQI as made available to its customers. Watch webinar.