The Mechanical Licensing Collective organizes two events for creators in the LGBT music industry


The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) commemorates Pride Month in June with two events for creators and professionals in the LGBT music industry, as part of the organization’s ongoing work to develop partnership programming culture that underscores the MLC’s commitment to diversity.

Created by Dae Bogan – MLC’s Third-Party Partnerships Manager – this year’s Pride Month events include a first-ever in-person workshop for LGBT creators at the MLC offices in Nashville on June 22, and the second annual his “Tuning Into Pride” Roundtable Discussion Webinar on June 1st.

LGBT music creators and music industry professionals have made significant strides over the years to increase their visibility and reach in all aspects of the music industry. From artist collaborations and stage performances to implementing behind-the-scenes change and moving up the corporate ladder, the LGBTQ community has proudly and boldly taken new steps toward equality.

“It is an honor to have the encouragement and support of MLC to develop experiences that champion and recognize the careers and works of LGBT music creators and music industry professionals,” Bogan said. “I’ve had a career spanning nearly 20 years in the music industry as a creator and professional and know firsthand how challenging and challenging it can be to own your own identity. I’m thrilled to ‘to invite a diverse group of LGBT creators and music professionals to participate in this year’s Pride events and hope that creators and professionals from all walks of life will also find value in hearing their stories.’

“Last year’s Pride Month webinar was a huge success, and Dae has done an outstanding job of building on that success by expanding our Pride Month lineup with a new workshop for LGBT creators. “, added Kris Ahrend, CEO of MLC. “These types of initiatives are a key part of achieving MLC’s mission and exemplify how we put into practice our commitment to diversity for the benefit of all of our members.”

The MLC welcomes discussions with individuals and organizations that aim to educate and empower music makers from historically marginalized or underrepresented communities as it continues to develop its cultural partnerships. To find out more, contact

Event details

Tuning Into Pride (2022): An LGBT Music Industry Roundtable

Wednesday, June 1

3 p.m. ET | 2pm CT | 12:00 p.m.

Bogan will host this special webinar which will feature an engaging discussion on the issues and careers of LGBT creators and professionals in the music industry, as well as an engaging Q&A session where panelists will unpack and discuss the impact of their identity on their work and personal life. trips. register here.


  • Durand Bernard (He/Him): Singer/Songwriter
  • Brandie Blaze (She/She): Rapper
  • Emily and Jamie Dryburgh (She/She): Co-Founders, Young Music City & RNBW
  • R.Wayne Martin (He/Him): Founder and Director, mthree
  • Dani Oliva (He/Him): Artist manager
  • YawnBlew (He/Him): Singer/Songwriter

Pride Music: A Music Business Workshop for LGBT Music Makers

Wednesday June 22

4pm – 6pm CT

Organized by Bogan, this two-hour workshop will consist of ideas, education and strategies about the music business to give LGBT songwriters, composers and lyricists the knowledge and tools to become better advocates for their own career. The workshop will also serve as a structured platform to explore some of the issues that LGBT music makers disproportionately face in establishing a career in the music industry. Reserve your place for this FREE event with the promo code “MLCpride here.

About The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) was designated by the US Register of Copyrights in July 2019 pursuant to the Music Modernization Act of 2018. The MLC is responsible for administering the new general compulsory license for the use of musical works by digital music services. Beginning in January 2021, mechanical streaming royalties in the United States will be processed and paid by MLC at no cost to songwriters or music publishers.

MLC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of songwriters and representatives of music publishers. For more information about the MLC and its board and committee members, visit


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