Television Music License Committee
The Television Music License Committee (TVMLC) is a non-profit trade association that represents full-power, commercial television stations in the United States and its territories in negotiations for music performing rights licenses that stations sign with the two largest Performing Rights Organizations (PRO’s), ASCAP and BMI. Through a settlement of a lawsuit filed by some broadcasters and funded by the TVMLC, SESAC has agreed to negotiate industry-wide licenses with the Committee through 2035.
We also design the method of allocating industry-wide fees among all of the stations licensed by ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (the vast majority of local television stations), subject to agreement of the PRO or court approval and then we calculate the fees billed to each individual station. After stations sign their individual agreements, we try to help resolve problems between stations and all of the PRO’s. We are the station’s advocate.
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With authorizations from over 1200 full powered local TV stations, the TVMLC represents the industry in negotiations for music performance rights licenses with PRO’s such as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.
We negotiate licenses and fees with the PRO’s on behalf of local TV. When necessary, we initiate litigation to ensure reasonable and competitive fees.
Janet E. McHugh
Janet is the Executive Director of the TV Music License Committee. She manages the organization, acts as the spokesperson and leads the TVMLC in negotiations with the three major PRO’s.
Alix is the Director, Broadcaster Relations of the TVMLC. Alix is our music licensing expert and oversees the allocation process. She is the point person for stations on music licensing issues.
Tee is the Director of Operations for the TVMLC. Tee manages the operational, accounting, database and IT functions for the Committee.
CHARLES SENNET, ESQ.
TRIBUNE MEDIA COMPANY
SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP
RAYCOM MEDIA, INC.
RICHARD R. BURNS
MORGAN MURPHY MEDIA
BONTEN MEDIA GROUP, INC.
GRAHAM MEDIA GROUP
FOX TV STATIONS, LLC
MEREDITH BROADCAST GROUP
HEARST TV (WCVB-TV)
COX MEDIA GROUP
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
CBS TELEVISION STATIONS
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
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