April 2019 – Update from NRB MLC

Dear NRBMLC Broadcasters,

It was a pleasure to see and meet many of you at last week’s NRB convention in Anaheim. NRBMLC held two informational meetings, the goal of which was to offer a helpful perspective on the existing music licensing landscape. It was a chance for us to share our challenges and victories over the last year, as well as the initiatives we are currently working on. You can find the handout from that meeting, which summarizes our licenses for both commercial and noncommercial broadcasters, at this link. We trust this was a fruitful meeting for all involved, and look forward to connecting with those who have further questions!

ASCAP and BMI have reached out to us regarding noncommercial streaming licenses covering the musical work copyright. This is the first time we have entered into committee-wide negotiations for this copyright. This is also why many of you have seen an administrative invoice from us in the last few months. Any station who has paid our fee is automatically on our representation list in these negotiations. If you are a noncommercial station and have paid our administrative fee, do not pay for or sign any separate deals with ASCAP and BMI for streaming. You are also represented by us for streaming with GMR, which we will send an update about shortly.

Also on the noncommercial side, we have begun work on securing fair SoundExchange rates for the current Web V proceeding. Noncommercial broadcasters saw their rates rise significantly during the last proceeding, and we are doing everything possible to prevent a similar outcome. At least initially, it appears that SoundExchange is willing to discuss a deal. We have also been applying pressure on them through our contacts on Capitol Hill.

On the commercial side, negotiations have begun for a new ASCAP-NRBMLC broadcast and streaming license. ASCAP has been cooperative in coming to the table and we have so far made some encouraging progress with them.

Lastly, some of you may want to take advantage of a protection offered for use of pre-1972 sound recordings. This protection is only offered through April 9th, so you will need to act quickly if you want to seek this protection. You can read more about it here.

As always, we thank you for your support!

Scott R. Hunter
Executive Director

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