CMRRA, SOCAN, SODRAC Exploring Integrated Approach to Music Rights Management
TORONTO/MONTREAL, Feb. 9, 2012
TORONTO/MONTREAL, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - CMRRA, SOCAN, and SODRAC, today
announced that they are exploring opportunities to create a more
integrated approach to the management of performing and reproduction
rights of music creators and publishers in Canada. Together, they will
look for ways to create efficiencies that would benefit members of all
three organizations, which include more than 100,000 Canadian music
creators and publishers, as well as over 3 million international music
creators and their publishers. In addition, an integrated approach
would simplify the licensing process for companies that use music to
enhance their business activities.
"Working together we can strengthen our ability to serve all of our
members and make it easier for businesses to comply with licensing
requirements", said David Basskin, President of CMRRA, the Canadian
Musical Reproduction Rights Agency.
"This is a great step forward in terms of ensuring the most effective
and efficient management of the rights of music creators and
publishers", said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN, the Society of
Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.
"This collaborative effort reflects the ability of our three
organizations to remain flexible and adapt to the rapidly evolving
music industry", said Alain Lauzon, General Manager of SODRAC, the
Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in
While an agreement has been made to examine opportunities for the three
organizations to work together, the next step involves a feasibility
study to determine the best way forward.
Founded in 1975, the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.
(CMRRA) is Canada's largest music licensing agency. On behalf of the
majority of music publishers and rights owners doing business in
Canada, CMRRA licenses the reproduction of their musical works for
distribution on CD, via the Internet and in other markets.
SOCAN represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian
and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play
a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than
100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN
is a not-for-profit organization that collects licence fees from over
42,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its
members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes
royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world
in collaboration with its peer societies. socan.ca, @SOCANmusic
Betsy Chaly, Director, Marketing and Communications, SOCAN
(416) 442-3836, firstname.lastname@example.org
SODRAC is a collective management society holding the reproduction right
of over 6,000 Canadian members, authors, composers and publishers of
musical works, and is the exclusive representative in Canada of the
musical repertoire of over 100 countries or territories. SODRAC also
represents in Canada the rights of over 600 members in the visual arts
and crafts field, and nearly 40,000 artists from around the world.
SODRAC facilitates the access and use of its repertoire in all
distribution platforms in order to ensure that its members, authors,
composers and music publishers, are compensated fairly for their work.