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What We Do

Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights.

We advocate for music creators, educate music users, license businesses and distribute royalties to creators — all to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada.

Re:Sound’s work spans across 4 core areas:

  1. 1. Advocating on Behalf of Music Creators
  2. 2. Licensing Businesses to Use Music
  3. 3. Distributing Royalties
  4. 4. International Partnerships

We are also a member of the Canadian Private Copying Collective, created to receive private copying levies from the manufacturers and importers of blank audio recording media.

Advocating on Behalf of Music Creators

Before 1999, commercial radio did not pay artists and record companies for the use of their sound recordings. Re:Sound changed that.

On behalf of artists and record companies, Re:Sound suggests royalty rates for the different uses of sound recordings in Canada, based on the value of the music to the particular use. Rates are established through direct discussions with the businesses that use music or through hearings before the Copyright Board of Canada.

More About the Copyright Board Process

Licensing Businesses to Use Music

In 2008, 40 000 businesses were licensed to play music. Today, that number has more than doubled to reach 100 000.

Re:Sound conducts extensive outreach to fitness facilities, nightclubs and background music users such as bars, restaurants, retail establishments, and hotels to let them know about their legal obligations to pay a licensing fee(s) in order to use recorded music in their business.

Re:Sound collects these fees on behalf of artists and record companies and distributes them to our member organisations who represent thousands of music creators.

More About Licensing

Distributing Royalties

Radio stations have only ever had to report the music they played for 14 days of the year. Re:Sound sought mandatory 365 day reporting which will be implemented by 2017.

Re:Sound makes sure that artists and record labels that create the recorded music we license, are appropriately compensated.

To ensure the right people and companies receive their royalties, our team of distribution experts analyze and administer huge volumes of data. We receive thousands of logs from music users and import them into our data systems, match tracks against our records, calculate the Value Per Play (VPP) of each track, receive and review claims from our members and, finally, pay out royalties to our members.

As a not-for-profit, over 80% of revenues generated go directly to our members, who represent thousands of artists and record companies.

More About Royalties

International Partnerships

Re:Sound has international agreements with countries including the United States (SoundExchange).

Re:Sound actively engages with similar organisations around the world, sharing best practices and knowledge. This is especially important as increasingly, the use of recorded music (through music streaming services, etc.) is cutting across national boundaries. Re:Sound also manages bilateral agreements on behalf of our maker members, ensuring that Canadian labels receive payment when their recordings are used outside of Canada.