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US music creator organizations SGA, SCL and MCNA applaud Copyright Office “best practices” recommendations to the MLC

Groups also warn “there is a long way to go” toward identifying the proper recipients of unmatched royalties. New York City, July 9, 2021: The Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), and the Music Creators of North America (MCNA) coalition enthusiastically welcomes yesterday’s announcement that the US Copyright Office…
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MCNA partner CIAM welcomes the Ivors Academy to its global family of creator alliances

MCNA’s international partner, the International Council of Music Creators, has welcomed the Ivors Academy of Music Creators as CIAM Observers. Aligned with the goals of CIAM, the new connection with the Ivors Academy allows music creators in the U.K. and globally to collaborate on vital issues, share important information, and increase the effectiveness of campaigns…
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Physical sales and downloads: Why they still matter to music creators

How important are the sales of CDs, vinyl records and downloads to artists, songwriters, composers and record labels? This question has become a hot topic recently in regard to mechanical royalty rates for CDs, vinyl and downloads in the world’s largest music market, the US, where the rate for the next 5 years is being…
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MCNA President, Eddie Schwartz, honored with SOCAN Cultural Impact Award

We are proud to share the news that MCNA president, Eddie Schwartz, has been awarded the 2021 SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for his international influence as a songwriter. In delivering this prestigious accolade to Eddie, the judges of the 32nd annual SOCAN Awards paid the following tribute: His impact as a songwriter on the international…
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MCNA letter regarding fairness and transparency on frozen mechanicals

Sent to the US Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC Date: May 17, 2021 Recipients: Chief Copyright Royalty Judge, Jesse M. Feder; Copyright Royalty Judge, David R. Strickler; and Copyright Royalty, Judge Steve Ruwe   Your Honors: As a US-led coalition representing hundreds of thousands of songwriters and composers from across the United States and…
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Honoring indigenous American music creators and artists

Update from Executive Committee member, Charles Sanders: “It was my honor this afternoon to moderate an A2IM Panel that included three of the best young singer songwriters working and writing today: Quinn Christopherson, Raye Zaragoza and Katherine “KP” Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout). We had a terrific, wide-ranging conversation on the opportunities and challenges facing…
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Ex Parte meeting summary with the United States Copyight Office

Re: Summary of the November 13, 2020 Ex-Parte Meeting Between the United States Copyright Office on behalf of the following independent, US-based music creator organizations: the Songwriters Guild of America, Inc. (SGA), the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), and Music Creators North America, Inc. (MCNA) – Docket Number 2020-12. On Friday, November 13, 2020,…
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