The Music Modernization Act

The Music Modernization Act is legislation that was passed into law in 2018 in the United States. The process began in 2017, in the face of near desperation from songwriters and publishers, who were watching the streaming business send their royalties down the drain. In this video series, Berklee Online instructor Eric Beall explores licensing, mechanical royalties, performing rights, and how the MMA could help songwriters and music publishers make more money in the streaming era.

Make sure to download the free mini lesson, taken directly from Eric’s Music Publishing 101 course, all about what publishers look for in a song. Remember: Songwriting is an art, publishing is a business!

Download the How Music Publishers Pick Hit Songs mini lesson

Explore Music Publishing Courses
from Berklee Online

Music Publishing 101

With Eric Beall

Create and operate your own publishing company, and learn how to effectively promote and place your songs into income-generating opportunities.

Copyright Law

With Allen Bargfrede

Understand the basics of how your creative works are protected by copyright law, what rights you have as a content owner, and how to leverage your copyrights to generate income.

Music Supervision

With Brad Hatfield

Music supervision stands at the center of two very powerful groups in the music industry: the creators of the music and the film and TV productions that rely on music to help tell and sell their story to the public. This course explores the ins and outs of music supervision, so that you will be able to function effectively on either side of a licensing transaction.

Music Licensing

With Scott Sellwood

Learn how to make money through creative licensing of your music! In this course, you'll discover how to create new avenues for placement of your own music, identify current opportunities for your copyrights, and how to use online resources to introduce your music to music supervisors, ad creatives, video game producers, and more.

Berklee Online is Berklee College of Music's Online School

Learn from the Masters

Our master’s programs are taught by the same world-renowned faculty who teach at Berklee’s Boston campus. You’ll learn from instructors who have experience working with top-selling artists, including Susan Rogers (Prince’s sound engineer, 1983-87), John Kellogg (entertainment attorney who has represented artists including Levert, the O’Jays, and Stat Quo), and more.

Like-Minded Classmates

Our student body in the master’s program includes working professionals, executives at industry-leading technology and business firms, members of internationally known acts, and the entrepreneurs and producers who will shape the music business landscape of tomorrow.

Selection to Meet Your Needs

Further your career by learning master’s-level material with Berklee Online, the online school for Berklee College of Music. Whether you plan to apply to a master’s degree program or just want to round out your professional experience with additional education, you’ll find a graduate course or certificate to suit your needs.