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Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.
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Understanding How Digital & Physical Mechanical Royalties Work

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Serona Elton serves as Head of Educational Partnerships for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC). In this role, Elton directs The MLC’s efforts to engage future members of the music industry currently studying music business and related subjects at colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

With extensive experience as a music industry professional and educator, Elton is also a professor and Director of the Music Industry Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In 2023, she was named Music Business Educator of the Year by the Music Business Association. She is also a Yamaha Master Educator.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Background
07:30 Changes in Mechanical Licensing
21:21 Releasing Co-Written Songs
25:06 Introduction to the MLC
29:33 Calculating Royalties for Streams
40:40 Relationship Between the MLC and PROs
49:32 International Mechanical Royalties
54:21 The Role of Legislation in the Music Industry
01:00:41 Calculating Mechanical Royalties
01:07:38 Defining Success in the Music Business

Edited and mixed by Ari Davids
Music by Brassroots District
Produced by the team at Ari’s Take

About The Author

Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.

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