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Industry Collectives/Organizations:


ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society) is a performer collective dedicated to ensuring that all recording artists, session musicians, background performers, and featured vocalists are paid for the use of their work.


ARTISTI is a collecting society whose mission is to manage and distribute equitable remuneration and private copying royalties earned by performers.


CMRRA (Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.) is a music licensing agency which represents the vast majority of music publishers and copyright owners doing business in Canada. CMRRA issues licences for the reproduction of musical works to individuals or organizations that make use of their songs by reproducing those songs on various media or other purposes.


CONNECT administers licences in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of the copyright owners (usually the record company). Its members, which consist of all the major record companies, many independent labels, as well as artists and producers, own or control the vast majority of the copyright of all the sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. Membership in CONNECT ensures that rights holders receive royalties for the communication, public performance or private copying of their eligible sound recordings. A licence from CONNECT ensures that owners receive compensation for the use of their sound recordings and/or music videos. Any group or individual making copies of sound recordings, music videos, exhibiting or broadcasting a music video(s) will require authorization from the copyright holder, or from CONNECT (as their appointed agent).  Without this permission, the group or individual is subject to legal prosecution for copyright infringement.


The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is the organization that represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide. It is headquartered in London, UK, with regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Miami and Moscow. Its stated mission is to promote the value of recorded music, safeguard the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music. Its services to members include legal policy advice (lobbying), anti-piracy enforcement, litigation and regulatory affairs, market research and communications support.


MROC (Musician’s Rights Organization Canada) is a Canadian organization whose primary objective is to collect and distribute royalties to musicians and vocalists. MROC distributes the performer’s share of neighbouring rights and private copying royalties.

Music Publishers Canada

Music Publishers Canada is a membership-based organization that ensures the views of music publishers working in Canada are heard. It is their mission to create business opportunities for their members and to promote their interests and those of their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education. They ensure that the value and contribution of music publishers, music publishing, and copyright management is understood by artists, the music industry, users of copyrights, governments, and the general public. Music Publishers Canada advocates for Canadian music publishers on: Copyright reforms for a digital world, including recognition of the responsibilities of new delivery systems; Investment in songwriter and artist development; Development of export markets for music publisher products; Public investment in songwriting and music publishing; Fair compensation and recognition by the public sector and other stakeholders of the value of publishers‘ work, both culturally and as an economic force.


PPL us the UK licensing company for performers and recording rightsholders. PPL licenses and collects royalties for a range of uses of recorded music in the UK.


PRS for Music is the UK’s leading collection society, bringing together two collection societies: the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and the Performing Right Society.


Re:Sound (formerly known as the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada) is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their public performance rights. On behalf of its members, representing thousands of artists and record companies, Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media and distributes royalties to rights holders through its member organisations, to individual rights holders directly, and through its bilateral agreements with international collective societies. Re:Sound is also a member of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC), created to receive private copying levies from the manufacturers and importers of blank audio recording media.


SOCAN administers the performing and reproduction rights of songwriters, music publishers, composers, and visual artists on behalf of its members by collecting and distributing royalties when songs are publicly performed or reproduced.


SOCAN RR (formerly SODRAC) administers licensing agreements for the use of reproduction rights on behalf of composers, songwriters, and music publishers. SOCAN RR collects and distributes royalties for their members’ reproductions in Canada and abroad.


SOPROQ is a not-for-profit collective rights management organization for makers of sound recordings and music videos. SOPROQ collects and distributes royalties from the public performance and reproduction of sound recordings and music videos in its repertoire, as well as the royalties from private copying. SOPROQ’s members include record labels, independent artists, distributors, associations, foreign collectives, and more.


SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of recordings artists and master rights owners and administers direct agreements on behalf of rights owners and licensees.