The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) represents music publishers. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licenses authorizing the reproduction of musical works. To search our represented works, or view our list of affiliated publishers, search CMRRA’s Repertoire.
There are, literally, tens of thousands of music publishers, ranging from multi-national organizations to individual songwriters with very small catalogues. Finding a particular one can be time-consuming. For this reason, music publishers have formed larger bodies to centralize and standardize the process of licensing and collecting royalties. One such organization is CMRRA.
CMRRA represents the majority of music publishers doing business in Canada and can generally issue most of the mechanical licences you’ll need for your product. You can perform a search of CMRRA's Repertoire here.
In some cases, however, there may be songs (or portions of songs) that we do not represent. In those cases, it’s your responsibility to obtain licences for the missing shares. There are a number of online resources available to locate copyright owners. The following organizations each have searchable online databases that we have found to be helpful in this regard:
No. Whenever a song is indicated as "not represented" in our database, it means that, while we have logged information such as the title, composer and/or publisher of the song, we do not represent the owner of that song for mechanical licensing purposes. There are many instances where the ownership of a song is divided between two or more publishers, and CMRRA may represent some, but not all, of those publishers. In these instances, we are able to issue licences on behalf of the publishers we represent, but before the user can legally reproduce the song in question, he or she must also obtain licences directly from the copyright owners that are not represented by CMRRA.
We invite you to search our Repertoire. It’s free to use and contains songs belonging to more than 57,000 publishers. It is an excellent source of information regarding compositions written and published by copyright owners located all over the world.
The database will offer you a list of potential titles based on the information that you enter. Please select the most relevant title; details will be available on the next screen that will indicate whether or not CMRRA represents shares of the song.
While we do our best to ensure that all information concerning those compositions is accurate and up-to-date, song and catalogue ownership can change hands frequently and, as a result, the information may need to be verified with the publisher(s) in question. It is also possible that the song you are looking for is not listed in our online database. This does not mean that the composition is not represented by CMRRA but it does indicate that we will have to verify its ownership with the publisher(s) concerned if that publisher is represented by CMRRA.