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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.