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What is a Member? 

Writers 

Publishers 

 

A Member is the person or entity that is authorized to administer musical works, and receive digital audio mechanical royalties related to their use. A Member may be a publisher, administrator or a self-administered songwriter, composer or lyricist.  


For you or someone you represent to receive mechanical royalties, a Member needs to be established. All Members need to have at least one payable entity in their hierarchy.  

 

Writers: 

Self-administered writers have the sole right to register, license and collect royalties for their works. These writers should register as Members in order to collect royalties for their works.  

Partially administered writers will only need to be a Member for the works that they administer.  

If you are a fully administered writer, your administrator will be creating an account with The MLC on your behalf. There is no action you need to take at this time. 

If you have an HFA online account, you received an invite email to opt-in to HFA sharing your contact, payment and tax information with The MLC. You are still able to choose this option by logging into the HFA Agreement Portal (which can be found in your email) and authorizing the transfer of your information. 

  • Please note: Your works will be available in the public search regardless, but taking this step migrates your account information over – you will just need to confirm the payment and tax information when you log into The MLC account. 

 

Publishers: 

If you have an HFA online account, you received an invite email to opt-in to HFA sharing your contact, payment and tax information with The MLC. You are still able to choose this option by logging into the HFA Agreement Portal (which can be found in your email) and authorizing the transfer of your information.  

  • Please note: Your works will be available in the public search regardless, but taking this step migrates your account information over – you will just need to confirm the payment and tax information when you log into The MLC account. 

If you do not have an HFA online account or opted-out of transferring your data, you will need to manually create a Member account.