CMRRA is open for business with all online music services looking to operate in Canada. In fact, we’ve been licensing online music services in Canada for over 10 years! We continue to establish new relationships with all types of businesses that offer music online, ranging from downloads to on-demand streaming services to messaging apps. At CMRRA we are dedicated to ensuring that all music offered online in Canada is properly licensed so that music rightsholders receive their due compensation for the use of their works.
We are constantly looking to work with new services to ensure that the rights of our music publisher clients are well represented. In addition to licensing the most popular and widely known music services available in Canada, CMRRA also works with smaller businesses that rely on music in new and exciting ways. The digital environment has quickened the pace of innovation and multiplied the diversity of ways to use music online. CMRRA is here to make sure that all online music services, from the most familiar to the most daring and innovative, know how to get licensed so that our clients are compensated for the use of their music.
CMRRA files tariffs for online music rates through CSI, a joint venture between CMRRA and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). CSI tariffs set out the royalties to be collected for different types of uses of songs online. If you are represented by CMRRA as a music publisher client then your rights are automatically being represented by CSI, there is no need to affiliate with both – CMRRA has got you covered! This is just one more way that we are working to ensure that you are compensated for the use of your music as easily and quickly as possible!
The licensing landscape in Canada is different than in the US, and CMRRA is uniquely positioned to exploit this market on behalf of music rightsholders:
- CMRRA has attained some of the best royalty rates internationally for online music services and our percentage rates are subject to minimum payments for all uses of songs. More information is available online here.
- CMRRA licences online music services directly, without the need to pass through any intermediaries. Music usage reports from online services come directly to us, and royalty payments are then remitted to our music publisher clients at regular intervals throughout the year. This offers rigthtsholders the advantage of getting paid faster and with better reporting.
- In the course of licensing online services over the past decade, CMRRA has identified the musical works and associated rightsholders for tens of millions of recordings sold and streamed online. We have also collected more than $100 million dollars in royalties for our music publisher clients.
- CMRRA can retroactively collect royalties on past sales if you have not been paid your Canadian online royalties historically!
There is no better choice than CMRRA for the most informative, accurate, and timely representation of your music with online services operating in Canada.
Thank you for relying on CMRRA to make digital licensing in Canada easy. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any comments or questions, as we are always eager to hear from those we represent.