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Businesses are legally required to pay a licensing fee when broadcasting or communicating recorded music or playing recorded music in public.

Re:Sound is the Canadian organization, authorized by the Copyright Board of Canada, to provide you with the music licence(s) your business needs and help you understand the licensing process.

Individual artists and record companies worldwide designate organisations, such as Re:Sound, to license businesses that use recorded music publicly. This allows businesses and broadcasters to deal with a one-stop-shop that can grant them a licence to play recorded music and ensure that licensing fees are distributed fairly and accurately to artists and record companies.

Research shows that using music attracts and retains customers, drives spending and improves employee productivity.

In fact, 87% of customers agree that playing music creates a better atmosphere. Additionally, music licensing is a vital income stream for artists, essential for them to continue making the music we enjoy.

With the majority of bars, restaurants and retailers paying less than $1 a day for a Re:Sound licence, the value of being licensed to play music is clear.

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"Indigo is a strong supporter of Canadian culture and we’re thrilled that through our partnership with Re:Sound, the vast majority of the royalties from our business go directly to Canadian artists and labels, including thousands of indie artists."

Jeremy Cammy, Vice President & Executive Producer, Events Marketing & Music - Indigo

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