In order to avoid submitting licence applications and making a payment of royalties and handling fees for songs not represented by CMRRA, we invite you to research our song and publisher databases. CMRRA’s database contains over 2 million songs and is an excellent source of information regarding musical works written and published by copyright owners located all over the world.
While we do our best to make sure that the song and publisher information appearing on our website is accurate and up-to-date, song and catalogue ownership regularly change hands, which may cause songs to come in and out of our repertoire within a short period of time. If a change in our representation occurs after you’ve done your research and submitted your licence application, we’ll let you know.
It is also possible that the musical works you are looking for may not appear in our database. This does not mean that those musical works are not represented by CMRRA. Rather, in those cases, CMRRA will need to add the work to its database and conduct research to confirm the identity of the rightsholders in question. The process of researching and confirming song ownership information may take a few days to many months. It’s important to note that CMRRA is unable to issue a licence for a song (or part thereof) until we have confirmed the identity of the copyright owner(s) and that such copyright owner(s) is represented by CMRRA.