MLC Week

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The MLC hosted a full week of panels and programming intended to provide important updates about The MLC's progress as the organization prepared to launch its full operations in January 2021. 

"We're looking forward to sharing information and engaging with future Members during this exciting week of programming," said Kris Ahrend, CEO of The MLC. "It's an important time for future Members of The MLC to catch up on our progress and make sure they are fully prepared for 2021."

Each day during MLC Week, The MLC offered a webinar that featured updates about the progress on different aspects of The MLC operations. 


Monday, October 26: "Join us in Supporting The MLC"

Established by the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018, The MLC addressed longstanding challenges in how music creators collect the mechanical royalties they're owed. During this session, we review the origin and purpose of The MLC and hear directly from industry stakeholders about how this revolutionary organization will empower copyright owners around the globe. 

Moderated by Billboard's Robert Levine, this kickoff event features a panel with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. Chief Operating Officer and The MLC Board Chair Alisa Coleman; Nashville Songwriters Association International Executive Director Bart Herbison; National Music Publishers' Association EVP and General Counsel Danielle Aguirre; Digital Media Association President and CEO (and representative for the Digital Licensee Coordinator) Garrett Levin; The MLC CEO Kris Ahrend; and United States Copyright Office General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights Regan Smith. Watch webinar.

Tuesday, October 27: "The MLC Portal" 

This session provides a look into The MLC Portal. The MLC's Chief Information Officer, Richard Thompson previews The Portal, discusses the Data Quality Initiative and shares updates on next steps. Watch webinar

Wednesday, October 28: "Members First: Making Customer Service our Priority"

Service is at the heart of everything we do at The MLC — we aim to build and maintain strong relationships with each and every person we serve. In this session, join our Head of Customer Experience Lindsey Major and Head of Rights Management Maurice Russell for a live Q&A about our customer service operation and hear how we will strive to exceed expectations and deliver excellence for all. Serona Elton, The MLC's Head of Educational Partnerships, moderated this session. Watch webinar

Thursday, October 29: "Engaging International, Educational and Third-Party Partners" 

Like any good partnership, success depends upon the engagement and contributions of each partner. Hear from three members of The MLC's leadership team on how they are building partnerships in three key areas. Panelists include Head of International Relations Indi Chawla, Head of Educational Partnerships Serona Elton and Head of Third-Party Partnerships Dae Bogan. Moderated by The MLC's Head of Rights Management, Maurice Russell. Watch webinar. 

Friday, October 30: "What's Next: A Vision for the Future" 

In our final address, Music Business Association President Portia Sabin joins CEO Kris Ahrend in conversation to discuss The MLC's vision for the future, including a preview of the milestones that lie ahead over the next six months (and beyond) as The MLC continues to ramp up operations. If you currently receive digital audio mechanical royalties, you won't want to miss this session to preview what's next for The MLC. Watch webinar.

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