MLC helps indie distributors find unclaimed royalties with new portal

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has launched a new portal designed to help more independent distributors and artists get paid what they’re due, the organization announced Tuesday (September 27).

Called the Distributor Unmatched Recordings Portal (DURP), the platform was created with the help of seven independent music distributors: Tune Core, CD Baby, Believe, Repost by Soundcloud, Symphonic Distribution, Empire and Vydia. By helping distributors find unmatched data for the audio recordings they’ve distributed, MLC’s goal is to see more royalties filter down to indie acts.

To help distributors navigate the portal, a free webinar will be led by DURP’s project manager, Dae Bogan, on Oct. 14 — although it can be used immediately if distributors request access. Once approved, distributors will have access to a custom dashboard that reveals publicly available data for audio recordings they have distributed, for which MLC has earned unmatched mechanical royalties. The data comes from usage reports provided to MLC by streaming sites including Spotify, Apple Music and more.

Artists working with these companies will not have direct access to DURP as the service is intended for distributors only. But the MLC says in a press release that it “hopes that more distributors will share this information with the artists who are their clients and encourage them to ensure that their works are properly registered with The MLC.”

For a platform like TuneCore that has served over 1 million artists to date, DURP could be helpful in reaching many DIY creators who may not be aware of MLC – provided the distributor chooses to reach those artists and remedy the situation.

The announcement notes that while testing the new service, DURP was able to find $20,000 in previously unpaid royalties for Australian artists RØNIN and aboard him to MLC. “This will help me a lot,” says RØNIN in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my relationship with The MLC and collecting my monthly checks!”

“Our data has identified millions of dollars in unmatched digital audio royalties due to creators for songs they have recorded and released through more than 1,800 independent music distributors, aggregators and labels around the world,” added Bogan, Head of Third Party Partnerships. at MLC. “By giving these companies visibility into the data, we can help them better serve their customers and help MLC reduce unclaimed royalties.”

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