How It Works

How Does the MLC Work?

The MLC administers blanket mechanical licenses for eligible streaming and download services in the United States, collecting royalties due under those licenses and paying music publishers and administrators; self-administered songwriters, composers, and lyricists; and ex-U.S. collective management organizations (or "CMOs").

The chart below provides a simple overview of The MLC process. As a Music Publisher or Self-Administered Songwriter you can play your part by completing steps 1 and 2. We’ll take it from there!

The Process

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The MLC

Collects

Data and Royalties from DSPs
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The MLC

Matches

Uses of your songs
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The MLC

Pays You

Royalties
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