How Can YOU Play Your Part™?
The MLC has developed two initiatives designed to help stakeholders organize and prepare their musical works' data ahead of the roll-out of The MLC Portal. Music publishers, administrators and foreign collective management organizations (CMOs) can utilize The MLC’s Data Quality Initiative (DQI) to help streamline the comparison of large schedules of musical works. Self-Administered songwriters, composers and lyricists can use the Music Data Organization Worksheet to help organize their musical works’ data in preparation for the portal’s roll-out.
By taking part in one of these initiatives, you can “Play Your Part” in helping The MLC fulfill its important mission of paying royalties accurately and expediently for your benefit.
For Publishers, Administrators and CMOs: Data Quality Initiative (DQI) and HFA Opt-In
The MLC created the Data Quality Initiative (DQI) to provide a streamlined way for music publishers, administrators 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 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, administrators, CMOs and software system vendors interested in participating in The MLC’s Data Quality Initiative.
Finally, for music publishers who are affiliates of our administration vendor, HFA, we have arranged for you to be able to authorize HFA to share your account information with The MLC. Saying “yes” to HFA’s opt-in request will allow us to prepopulate your account information in your new Member account with The MLC, saving you the time and trouble of having to resubmit that information to The MLC later.
Note: You do not need to authorize HFA to share your musical works data with The MLC; we already have access to that data, and we will be using it as the starting point for The MLC’s musical works data.
Software system vendors that would like to explore partnering on the DQI can click here.
For more information on the Data Quality Initiative, please click here.
For Songwriters: Music Data Organization Worksheet
The MLC created the Music Data Organization Worksheet to help self-administered songwriters, composers and lyricists begin to organize their musical works' data ahead of The MLC’s roll-out of The MLC Portal.
The Music Data Organization Worksheet is designed as a tool to help self-administered writers through the process of collecting the data they’ll need to register with The MLC. The worksheet outlines the information self-administered writers will need to compile in order to register their musical works in The MLC Portal.
The MLC intends to begin rolling out the first version of its user portal later this quarter. This version will enable users to set up their accounts and then search, view and edit The MLC’s data for existing musical works and register new musical works. New features will be added in future versions of the portal.
For more information and to download the Music Data Organization Worksheet, click here.