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Music Licensing Collective Nomination

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

According to the Music Modernization Act that was recently unanimously passed by Congress and signed into law, there is a new Music Licensing Collective being created.

Amanda Colleen Williams in Washington D.C.

Nominations are currently open for the songwriter members of this Collective, and are being considered by the Songwriter MLC Selection Committee consisting of: Steve Bogard (NSAI), Lynn Gillespie Chater (SGA), Dallas Davidson (BMI), Chris DeStefano (NSAI), Bob DiPero (BMI), Dan Foliart (ASCAP), Adam Gorgoni (SONA), Michele Lewis (SONA) and Paul Williams (ASCAP).

If you would like to nominate me to represent your interests, I would be honored to serve on any of these boards or committees. Please find the information needed to complete a nomination below:

Nominee’s Full Legal Name: Amanda Colleen Williams

Nominee’s Alias: Mandy

Nominee’s E-mail:

Nominee’s Phone Number: 615-720-8882

Nominee’s Street Address: 7695 River Road Pike

Nominee’s City: Nashville

Nominee’s State: TN

Nominee’s Postal Code: 37209

Who is Nominee’s Current Publisher? Nominee is currently self published under Hillbilly Royalty (ASCAP), and also maintains ownership of the following song catalogs: Hillbilly Culture (SESAC), Hillbilly Cache (SESAC), Hollohart Music / Triple Cross Music / Sony (ASCAP), Hillbilly Gold (ASCAP), and Hillbilly Cash (BMI)

List Nominee’s Notable Compositions:

  • “She’s Tired of Boys” cowritten with Garth Brooks, certified RIAA Platinum on Man Against Machine and RIAA Platinum on RPMs

  • “Beer Run” cowritten with Kent Blazy, Kim Williams, George Ducas, Keith Anderson, recorded by Garth Brooks & George Jones, nominated for Best Vocal Collaboration Grammy; certified RIAA 15 X Platinum (10 million on Ultimate Hits & 5 million on Scarecrow)

  • “Nobody’s Child” cowritten with Keesy Timmer and Steve Clark, copyright owned by Youth Endeavor published by Hillbilly Cash (BMI) / Hillbilly Culture (SESAC) admin Bluewater Music Services Corp; supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Youth Villages, Sondra’s Song and other foster care / at risk youth organizations through gratis licensing, raising awareness, and fundraising events [over 100K streams on YouTube)

  • Additional catalog information at

Amanda Colleen Williams CDs Garth Brooks

Position: Board of Directors, Unclaimed Funds Committee and Dispute Resolution Committee

Qualifications / Reason Nominee Should Be Considered (100 words or less) [please choose from the following or list your own reasons]

  • Extensive domain knowledge and experience in the field as lifelong professional songwriter

  • Economically and culturally significant catalog of songs as both writer and artist

  • Hands on licensing experience as self publisher, and publisher of other writers

  • As venue owner, created proprietary in house direct licensing system for venue and operated as such for one year, sending direct payments to writers and publishers including: Sony, Curb, Downtown Music Publishing, Major Bob Music

  • Regarded as non-attorney copyright expert by United States Patent and Trademark Office [see detail below]

  • Contracted by United States Department of State to help establish first Arts Envoy IPR program, named official Arts Envoy IP Diplomat by US State Department 2018

  • Taught Legal and Business Affairs two semesters at SAE college, and has lectured on copyright, licensing and royalty at: University of Colorado Denver, East Tennessee State University, Belmont University, NSAI

  • Named official NSAI “pro on the road”

  • Hired as consultant for “forensics licensing” when client does not know who owns the songs he or she is trying to license

  • Voting member of Recording Academy, current member SONA, current member Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Music Advisory Committee

  • Prior membership in CMA, SAG / AFTRA, NSAI

  • Has publishing companies with three U.S. based PROs

  • Has first hand experience as independent artist with self release, and with dozens of clients with access to their administration data for composition and sound recording copyrights across all physical and digital platforms in U.S. and abroad

  • Organizer and lead presenter of:

  • Nashville Songwriting and Music Business Conference (8 years)

  • Songpreneurs Songwriter Retreats (8 years)

  • Know Your Biz to Grow Your Biz sponsored by C3 (Content Creators Coalition) at Americana Music Association annual Conference (2 years)

  • SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives, service arm of SBA, Small Business Administration) Music Symposium organizer, and lead presenter, invited the following:

  • Dave Pomeroy (President AFM Musicians Union)

  • Ralph Murphy (ASCAP International VP)

  • Ron Oates (celebrated pianist / arranger)

  • Rachel Rodriguez (Grammy nominated artist)

  • Clyde Rolston, Ph.D author and Professor Belmont University

  • Has participated in panels and symposiums with the following:

  • America’s Small Business Development Centers’ Annual Conference (ASBDC) “International IP Protection: A View from the Experts” with

  • Brie Knox, Executive Director U.S. Commerce Dept Nashville / U.S. Export Assistance Center Nashville

  • Susan Anthony, Attorney-Advisor, Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

  • Alan Datri, IP Consultant and Executive in Residence – Memphis Bioworks Foundation, IPDatri LLC.

  • Ed Landquist, Registered Patent Attorney / Managing Shareholder, Pattertson Intellectual Property Law

  • Artist Rights Symposium at University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business – Law Enforcement & Artists’ Rights Panel hosted by Dr. David Lowery

  • Peter Ratcliffe, Police IP Crime Unit, City of London Police

  • Carlos Linares VP Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs RIAA

  • Ellen Siedler, filmmaker / blogger for Vox Indie

  • Kevin Phelan, Senior Supervisory Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) Copyright Seminar on two panels: Copyright Alliance: Artists’ Panel and Overview of the Music Industry: Emerging Business Models and Piracy in the Digital Age:

  • Moderator Keith Kupferschmid CEO Copyright Alliance

  • Sarah Deutsch photographer, former attorney for Verizon

  • Jonathan Zuck filmmaker, photographer, app creator

  • Moderator Steve Ruwe Attorney-Advisor USPTO Copyright Team, OPIA

  • Victoria Sheckler SVP Deputy General Counsel RIAA (Recording industry Association of America)

  • Erich C. Carey VP & Senior Counsel, Litigation, NMPA (National Music Publishers Association)

  • Gregory Alan Barnes, General Counsel, DiMA (Digital Media Association)

Short Bio (500 words or less)

Amanda Colleen Williams is an RIAA multi-platinum awarded, Grammy nominated song co-writer, a magna cum laude graduate of Music Business from Berklee College of Music, and is daughter of Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Kim Williams.

Amanda founded her innovative enhanced music publishing company Hillbilly Culture LLC in 2010, and has since founded Songpreneurs LLC, an online educational resource for songwriter entrepreneurs. Williams was voted 2017 Artist of the Year by the Nashville Industry Music Association, an organization recognizing independent musicians, and is regularly called upon as a speaker and non-attorney copyright expert. To learn more about Amanda visit

Thank you for your consideration. You can make your nomination here:

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