Play Your Part

How Can YOU Play Your Part™?

It all begins with “Connect to Collect™”, which refers to the process of becoming an MLC Member. You Connect by joining The MLC and registering your musical works data, thus positioning yourself to Collect the mechanical royalties you may be owed. And remember, by law all of The MLC’s services to Members are offered completely free of charge. 

You also can Play Your Part by spreading the word about The MLC. Tell your colleagues and collaborators who have not yet joined The MLC about your personal experience working with us, direct them to our website for more information and encourage them to sign up for our newsletter here.  

Below we outline how you can Play Your Part:

Published & Administered (including CMOs) Songwriters 

If you are a songwriter or other creator affiliated with a music publisher, administrator or CMO, those entities will manage your musical works data – and distribute any mechanical royalties you are owed – on your behalf.  

You can still Play Your Part, however, by periodically checking all of your musical works data for accuracy to make sure everything is current and updated. Utilize the free Public Works Search function on The MLC’s homepage to quickly search our database for all of the musical works attributable to you. And if you find any errors, you should contact your publisher, administrator or CMO directly to alert them to the errors and get them corrected as soon as possible.  

Publishers/Administrators/CMOs

Step 1: Connect to Collect 

Eligibility – If you are a publisher, administrator or CMO that has been designated by a rightsholder or rightsholders to collect mechanical royalties on their behalf, you must become an MLC Member.  

Join/Become a Member – publishers, administrators and CMOs can join by clicking the Connect to Collect button on the top right of this page. This will take you to the sign-up page for The MLC Portal, where you will go through the two-step process of first setting up a User account with all of your necessary contact information and then creating your Member profile. 

Step 2: Check Your Data 

The MLC created the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) to provide songwriters, music publishers, administrators and CMOs a streamlined way to compare their musical works data against The MLC’s data. In simple terms, think of the DQI as a data check that highlights discrepancies between the works you submit to us and those we have in our database.  

You can review this Fact Sheet for more detailed information about the DQI, and The MLC also has a number of archived webinars dealing with different facets of the DQI that are available here.  

Step 3: Register Musical Works 

Music publishers, administrators and CMOs have three options for registering existing or new works with The MLC: 

  • Register individually (song by song) directly in The MLC Portal. 
  • Upload your bulk work registrations in The MLC Portal using the Bulk Work Registration file. You can find information about how to download, prepare and submit the Bulk Work Registration file in The MLC Portal and you can watch this tutorial video for a guide through the process. 
  • Send us a Common Works Registration (CWR) file. Contact The MLC Support Team directly for more information about this option.   

As you add new musical works to your catalog, you should immediately register them via The MLC Portal, utilizing the steps outlined above.