CMRRA, SOCAN, SODRAC exploring integrated approach to music rights management

February 9, 2012

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 Canada.

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.