CMRRA’s Response to an Article in the Toronto Star and The Hill Times

This letter by CMRRA’s President, Caroline Rioux, is in response to a Michael Geist article recently published by Toronto Star and The Hill Times. May 4, 2015 I am writing in response to Michael Geist’s recent article to correct his statement that CMRRA, the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd, was ordered by the major […]

CMRRA Congratulates Board Member Pegi Cecconi for MMF Award

Pegi Cecconi is a true titan in the Canadian music industry. As VP of SRO/Anthem, “the home of the original 360 deal,” Ms. Cecconi has experience in a diverse spectrum of different roles, ranging from artist management to touring to recording and record production. In her capacity as a music publisher, Ms. Cecconi has been […]

Important LDS Updates for our Clients

CWR CMRRA is pleased to announce that we will soon be loading CWR files directly into our new Licence and Distribution System (LDS). CWR (Common Works Registration) is a standard format used by mid to large sized publishers for the registration and revision of musical works ownership information. The CWR format is intended to replace […]

CMPA’s Vision for the Future

Last year the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) Board of Directors was pleased to announce the hiring of Robert Hutton as the Executive Director of the organization. Robert Hutton has wide-ranging and extensive experience in the marketing and telecom industries, and comprehensive knowledge of government relations. A classically trained musician, he has also developed strategies […]

Extension of the Duration of Copyright for Sound Recordings and Performers’ Performances

CMRRA welcomes the government’s commitment to extend the duration of copyright for sound recordings and performers’ performances. We are optimistic that this first step will open the door to a lengthened term of copyright for musical compositions as well, as Canada looks to bring its copyright laws in line with those of our major international […]

CMRRA Looks Forward to the Decision of the Supreme Court in CBC v SODRAC

CMRRA was in attendance at the Supreme Court of Canada as it heard submissions in CBC v SODRAC in Ottawa on March 16, 2015. We were there along with the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the International Confederation of Music Publishers as an intervener in support of the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers […]

Meet Veronica Syrtash, Vice-President, Legal & Business Affairs at CMRRA

For sixteen years Veronica Syrtash has played an invaluable role with us at CMRRA and she recently moved into the role of Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs. Veronica graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. and continued on to earn her law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Veronica completed her articles of […]

March 2015 Distribution

In March 2015, CMRRA sent out the following royalties to our clients: Online Major Label mechanicals Independent Label mechanicals Private Copying CSI Pending Settlement – final distribution of Group I & II Claims CSI Licensing Trust (2Q2014 Warner, 3Q2014 Sony & Universal) Commercial Radio (2013)

First Broadcast Mechanical Royalties Distribution Using CMRRA’s New System

CMRRA is pleased to announce its very first distribution of broadcast mechanical royalties using its new License and Distribution System (LDS). As we reported in December, new phases of this system will continue to be rolled out throughout 2015. The first module, launched in 2014, allowed for the processing of mechanical licences and royalties from […]

CMRRA to Appear Before the Supreme Court of Canada

CMRRA will be appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada this month, as an intervener in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada. The Supreme Court will be hearing submissions on whether royalties are owed for the reproduction of musical works that occurs in the course of […]