Frequently Asked Questions
If I sign an agreement with CONNECT music licensing, can
I still license my repertoire directly?
Yes; CONNECT music licensing is a non-exclusive licensing
agency. This means that you may sign direct agreements with anyone
you wish. Any direct agreement you sign will take precedence over
your agreement with CONNECT music licensing.
If I sign an agreement with CONNECT music licensing,
does that mean that I don't own my repertoire
No; CONNECT music licensing does not, as a condition of its
licence, require that you assign your copyright to us. CONNECT
music licensing has a very limited mandate. By signing a
CONNECT music licensing agreement you are giving us permission
to collect, on your behalf, revenue received from:
Reproduction and exhibition of your music videos by video pools
and broadcasters (television); reproduction of your sound
recordings for lease only to commercial subscribers; neighbouring
rights (communication to the public by telecommunication - e.g.
commercial radio); private copying (the levy imposed on the sale of
blank recording media that may be used to record sound
How much does it cost to be a member?
CONNECT music licensing is a cost-based organisation and we
distribute all royalties collected to rights holders less our
operating cost. CONNECT's cost for the last couple of years
has been in the 11% to 12% range.
I don't want CONNECT music licensing licensees to
reproduce my sound recordings/music videos. I only want to become a
CONNECT music licensing member to collect neighbouring rights
and private copying remuneration. Can I do this?
Yes. If you wish to become a member only for the purposes of
receiving neighbouring rights and private copying remuneration, let
us know and we will make sure your name is not on the Schedule "A"
of CONNECT music licensing members. If your name is not on
this Schedule, our licensees may not reproduce your
If you wish for only certain artists' repertoire to be restricted,
please let us know the artists' name and record company, and
whether the artists are to be restricted for audio, video, or
How should I notify CONNECT music licensing of
changes/additions/deletions to my repertoire?
As soon as your company makes a new music video, you should
contact CONNECT music licensing and inform them of the artist,
title and record label. We will enter the title in our database to
ensure that you receive payment.
As soon as your company makes a new sound recording, you should
send a list of sound recordings to CONNECT music licensing. This
list should include the following details:
Information Required by CONNECT music licensing To
Determine Eligibility for Neighbouring Rights and Private
|*Information that must be provided in order to
||a list of all song titles in CONNECT music
licensing Member's repertoire
||the name of the artist or group for each title
||the owner of the recording is the person or company that owns
or controls its remuneration rights in Canada (CONNECT music
licensing member name)
||the person or company who made or paid for the arrangements of
|*Nationality of First Maker
||the country of the maker's headquarters or, if an individual,
their citizenship or permanent residence
|*Country of Fixation
||the country in which all the elements of a recording and its
master were made
|*Year of Fixation
||the year during which the master was made
|Date of Release
||release date of the album
||(International Standard Recording Code for each song listed on
the album, the code begins with two letters (country code),
followed by ten characters i.e.: CAN119900002 (please visit www.connectmusiclicensing.ca to apply for an ISRC
||only required for classical music
How does CONNECT music licensing determine who owns
a sound recording/music video?
There are two ways for CONNECT music licensing to determine
who owns a sound recording or music video:
When you submit your repertoire to us, we enter it into our
database and attribute ownership to your company. If a licensee
uses a sound recording/music video that is not in our system and
informs us that you are the owner, we will input your company name
as the owner in our database.
What happens if more than one company claims ownership
in a sound recording/music video?
If more than one company claims ownership of a sound
recording/music video, CONNECT music licensing will put the
title on hold in our database to ensure that no money is paid out
until the conflict is resolved, then contact both parties informing
them of the conflict.
It is then up to the parties involved to contact each other and
resolve the conflict. CONNECT music licensing has no ability
to negotiate conflicts on behalf of our members. Once you have
resolved the conflict, we require confirmation of the resolution by
both parties. We will then update our database to reflect the
correct owner, and release any funds associated with the title to
the appropriate party.
I saw my music video being broadcast on TV, and I'd like
to become a CONNECT music licensing member so I can collect
money for its reproduction and exhibition. Can CONNECT music
licensing pay me money for broadcasts of my video that took
place prior to my becoming a CONNECT music
CONNECT music licensing cannot pay out retroactively. We can
only begin to collect money for use of sound recordings/music
videos once we have received your company's signed agreement. If we
don't have an agreement, we do not collect any money on your
behalf; therefore there is no money to disburse.
What are CONNECT music licensing's payout
September - November paid out end of March
December - February paid out end of June
March - May paid out end of September
June - August paid out end of December
CONNECT music licensing begins collecting and paying out
revenue for use of your sound recordings/music videos once we
receive your agreement and your repertoire information.
How do CONNECT music licensing licensees obtain
copies of my repertoire?
There are two methods by which CONNECT music
licensing licensees may obtain copies of your repertoire:
- purchase from a record store
- obtain promotional copies directly from your company
How do CONNECT music licensing licensees obtain
permission to use my sound recordings/music videos?
If a licensee wishes to use your sound recording on a compilation
CD or CD-R that is leased to commercial subscribers, the licensee
must obtain permission from you prior to making any reproduction.
You will receive a list from CONNECT music
licensing's Clearance Administrator requesting your permission
to use certain titles. If you deny approval, or do not reply to
CONNECT music licensing's request, the licensee will not be
permitted to reproduce the sound recordings.
If a licensee wishes to use your music video on a compilation VCD,
DVD or VHS that is leased to commercial subscribers, the licensee
must obtain permission from you prior to making any reproduction.
You will receive a list from CONNECT music licensing's Clearance
Administrator requesting your permission to use certain titles. If
you deny approval, or do not reply to CONNECT music licensing's
request, the licensee will not be permitted to reproduce the music
All other types of licensees do not need to obtain permission for
reproductions, although certain restrictions apply: - Licensees may
only reproduce sound recordings that have been released as singles
to radio - Licensees may not reproduce entire albums - Licensees
may not reproduce repertoire by any artist that appears on the
restricted artist list.
Sometimes CONNECT music licensing licensees call me
and ask me for direct approval for use of sound recordings/music
videos. Can I give direct approval and then have CONNECT music
licensing bill them under their CONNECT music
No. CONNECT music licensing is a blanket, non-exclusive
licensing agency and all of our agreements are standard (e.g. each
licensee who has a CD-R agreement receives an identical agreement).
The clearance process is set up so that all licensees submit their
tracks to CONNECT music licensing on the same day, and the
list is consolidated and sent by CONNECT music licensing to
the record labels for approval. If a licensee contacts you
directly, they are trying to gain a competitive edge over the other
licensees. By approving a track for one licensee and not all
licensees, competition issues may arise. If you would like to give
one licensee approval ahead of all of the other licensees, you must
charge them directly for use of that track.
If a licensee contacts you directly for approvals, please advise
them to request approval from CONNECT music licensing through
the clearance process. That way, all of our licensees have a level
playing field, and some of your time will be saved.
Can CONNECT members receive money from collectives
outside of Canada?
Yes, CONNECT has arrangements to ensure that public performance
revenues are distributed to our members. So far, the list of
countries includes Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Greece/Cyprus,
Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the
Ukraine and the USA, with ongoing discussions with other
countries. You may already have direct relationships with
some of these countries - just let us know which countries you
would like us to collect for by using our secure members'
What is withholding tax and how do I get a foreign tax
credit from the US?
SoundExchange deducts withholding tax of 30% from its royalty
payments when it distributed the funds, pursuant to US tax law.
If you wish to file a US tax return so as to receive a possible
refund of any withheld tax amounts, please let us know, and we
would be pleased to provide you the necessary tax forms and general
information regarding filing a US tax return. Please note that as
your entitlement to such refund varies and depends on many factors
including your tax status, independent tax advice should be sought
for determining whether and how to file a US tax return.
Below you will find links to informational guides prepared by
Deloitte LLP for Re:Sound. These guides provide general information
for non-US resident rights holders (including individuals and
corporations) who receive royalty income from SoundExchange
(collected by ReSound and distributed by Connect Music Licensing)
and choose to prepare a US income tax return to obtain a refund of
any tax that was over-withheld on the royalty income. These guides
are not designed to address the US reporting of any other types of
income that may be earned during the same tax year. If additional
income is earned that must be reported on a US tax return, or if it
is unclear whether such income should be reported on a US tax
return, a professional tax advisor should be consulted. Please note
that these guides are solely for informational purposes, and may
not be relied upon by anyone in any manner or for any purpose
without the express written consent of Deloitte. Connect Music
Licensing, Re:Sound and Deloitte assume no responsibility for tax
or any other consequences to anyone who obtains a copy of these
guides. These guides are subject to other qualifications, which are
set out at the end of the guides.
Guide for filing a U.S. Income Tax
Return for a Foreign Corporation
Guide de production de déclarations de
revenus américaines pour une société
Guide for filing a United States
Non-Resident Income Tax
Guide de production de
déclarations de revenus pour les
non-résidents des États-Unis
What entitles me to Public Performance and Equitable
Public Performance and Equitable Remuneration were extended to
the makers of sound recordings and performers when Canada signed
the Rome Convention and are paid out to Connect via an umbrella
company called Re:Sound who collect
on behalf of both maker and performer collectives.
The 1961 Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers,
Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations is an
international treaty under which countries agree that their
neighbouring rights regulations will allow reciprocal treatment to
rightsholders of other countries signatory to the Convention. As a
signatory to the Rome Convention, Canada is open to agreements to
pay foreign rightsholders whose sound recordings are broadcast or
performed in this country, and vice-versa. About 58 countries have
signed the Rome Convention, including the United Kingdom, Germany,
France, Italy, Spain, Australia and Japan, but not the
Visit the Rome Convention Website here
Do I have to get a cheque or can I get Direct
We want you to get your money faster! We utilize
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT/Direct Deposit) for our Canadian
members, so your money can be directly deposited into your bank
account. If you would like this please fill out the form