CMRRA currently issues mechanical licences on the basis of 8.3 cents per song, per copy manufactured, where the playing time is five minutes or less. For each additional minute (or part thereof) 1.66 cents is added to the rate. Note however that a small number of publishers represented by CMRRA do not participate in the industry agreement and charge a higher-than-standard royalty rate.
This royalty rate is applicable only to reproduction of musical works embodied in audio-only sound recordings, such as CDs, cassettes and vinyl recordings. The royalty rate for the reproduction of musical works embodied in any other merchandise, such as toys, games, or any other special product is subject to individual negotiation.
If you are applying for a licence under CMRRA’s “pay-as-you-press” plan, your application will be subject to an additional handling fee. Please refer to our Pay-As-You-Press Licensing FAQ for more information in this regard.
If you have entered into CMRRA’s standard Mechanical Licensing Agreement, you may be entitled to a discount on the royalty rate above for budget recordings and musical works subject to controlled composition clauses. Please refer to the provisions of the agreement or contact us for assistance in this regard.