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Canadian music rights holders gain enhanced royalty distributions through efficiencies and data improvements
July 8, 2016 

Canadian music labels (businesses that range in size from major labels to artist-owned imprints) this week began receiving an additional $2 million in accelerated and additional royalty distributions through an efficiency and data improvement project by CONNECT Music Licensing and Re:Sound Music Licensing, while other rights holders in Canada will enjoy benefits from a spin-off effect.

"In an environment of reduced sales of music and scrutiny of every single penny of potential earnings, we are thrilled that this project has increased the royalties for our rights holders by millions of dollars," says Graham Henderson, President of CONNECT Music Licensing.  "We strive for efficiency, transparency and innovation, and together with our partner, Re:Sound, are proudly leading efforts to increase the efficiency of collective licensing in Canada and put more money directly in the pockets of rights holders."

The improved efficiencies reflect a 28% decrease in administration costs, or $1.2 million annually, which will be paid out in additional royalties to the 2,700 members of CONNECT.  This is the result of a June 16, 2016, announcement that rights holders represented by CONNECT would start receiving their neighbouring rights and private copying royalties directly from Re:Sound, the not-for-profit organisation mandated under the Copyright Act to collect these royalty streams.  The move also accelerates royalty distributions.

In addition, a significant investment in new technology by CONNECT, significant improvements to data streams from CONNECT's member labels, and work by CONNECT and Re:Sound to exhaustively analyze and synchronize each organization's data in order to create a single repertoire database, have resulted in added royalties for CONNECT members as well as other rights holders in Canada.  Specifically, these measures have freed up an additional $1 million in royalties for labels.  CONNECT's members have already begun to see the benefits in royalty payments issued this week.  As a spin-off benefit, another $1 million in royalties are available for distribution to performers signed up through Re:Sound's member organisations ACTRA, MROC and ARTISTI. These gains extend to rights holders in every province.

"The increased royalties are particularly notable as they result from our drive to improve royalty collection in line with international best practices, as opposed to adding revenues from a new music service or higher tariff award from the Copyright Board," Henderson remarks. "Organizations like CONNECT and Re:Sound exist only to serve rights holders, and today we have delivered on that promise."

The improved metadata and transparency at the heart of these measures will provide ongoing benefits to all record labels and performers, and will help to bring Canada into line with industry best practices.

About CONNECT Music Licensing:

CONNECT Music Licensing administers licences in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of the copyright owners (usually the record company). Its members, which consist of all the major record companies, many independent labels, as well as artists and producers, own or control the vast majority of the copyright of all the sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. CONNECT Music Licensing represents its members at Re:Sound for the communication, public performance and private copying of their eligible sound recordings.

About Re:Sound:

Re:Sound (formerly known as the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada) is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their public performance rights. On behalf of its members, representing thousands of artists and record companies, Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media and distributes royalties to rights holders through its member organisations, directly, and through its bilateral agreements with international collective societies..

Re:Sound is also a member of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC), created to receive private copying levies from the manufacturers and importers of blank audio recording media.

 

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CONNECT Music Licensing achieves new level of efficiency in royalty distribution
June 16, 2016

A new level of efficiency in royalty distribution, in keeping with international standards, is announced today with CONNECT Music Licensing's decision to have their nearly 2,700 members receive their public performance and private copying royalties directly from Re:Sound.

Re:Sound has been collecting and administering public performance and private copying royalties for musicians and record labels since 1997, when Canada implemented the right for musicians and record labels to be compensated when their sound recordings were broadcast to, or played in, public.

Previously, these royalties were distributed to CONNECT Music Licensing's nearly 2,700 members by CONNECT after it made royalty claims to Re:Sound on its members' behalf.  In order to ensure maximum efficiencies, a third party firm with extensive expertise in this field was retained to conduct an external review of the royalty distribution process.  With today's announcement, CONNECT's members will receive public performance and private copying royalties directly from Re:Sound, eliminating duplication in the royalty distribution process and making it simpler and more cost effective (cutting overall distribution costs by about one-third).

"CONNECT continuously strives to work as efficiently as possible. To this end, we saw a way to save time and money for our nearly 2,700 rights holders by having Re:Sound, a trusted partner of CONNECT, pay public performance and private copying royalties directly to our members. This will allow CONNECT to focus on reproduction royalties and will mean greater royalty payments to record labels and artists, faster," said Graham Henderson, President of CONNECT Music Licensing.

"Knowing that the organizations responsible for administering our royalties are doing their absolute best to ensure that we're paid every dollar of royalties that we're owed, at as low a cost as possible, as quickly as possible, allows us to focus on what we do best: helping the artists we work with record and release great music," said Mathieu Drouin, CONNECT Board Member and President of Crystal Math Music Group.

"I applaud CONNECT and Re:Sound for working so hard on behalf of rights holders to find new ways to improve the royalty distribution system. Their diligence and commitment to this effort has resulted in a far more efficient process, which means record labels will be paying less in administrative fees and receive more of their royalties, faster than ever before," said Stuart Johnston, President of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).

"We count on organizations who administer royalties on our behalf to do so as inexpensively and quickly as possible. The additional amount in royalties released through this important efficiency initiative enhances a crucial revenue source for labels," said Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records and Chair of CIMA.

Re:Sound will begin making direct royalty payments to CONNECT members in July 2016, and looks forward to offering the same quality of service CONNECT has offered to its members for the last thirty years.

"At Re:Sound, we are committed to maximizing public performance royalties for artists and record labels and ensuring that royalties are distributed as efficiently, and at as low cost, as possible. CONNECT's move to bring their member labels to Re:Sound directly means more of every dollar will get into the hands of the labels themselves," said Ian MacKay, President of Re:Sound.

This change comes at a time of increased scrutiny on the effectiveness and transparency of collective licensing organizations worldwide. The efforts undertaken by CONNECT, working with Re:Sound, ensure that Canada is leading best practices in this area, and the global music community has taken notice.

"Music licensing companies around the world are adopting best practice strategies to maximize royalty distributions to music rights holders and ensure they are direct, transparent and as low cost as possible. CONNECT has shown a very positive willingness to innovate in this area. Their decision brings Canada into line with international best practices, and that will mean more of every royalty dollar will go to rights holders." - Frances Moore, CEO, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

About CONNECT Music Licensing:

CONNECT Music Licensing administers licences in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of the copyright owners (usually the record company). Its members, which consist of all the major record companies, many independent labels, as well as artists and producers, own or control the vast majority of the copyright of all the sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. CONNECT Music Licensing represents its members at Re:Sound for the communication, public performance and private copying of their eligible sound recordings.

About Re:Sound:

Re:Sound (formerly known as the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada) is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their public performance rights. On behalf of its members, representing thousands of artists and record companies, Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media and distributes royalties to rights holders through its member organisations, to individual rights holders directly, and through its bilateral agreements with international collective societies.

Re:Sound is also a member of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC), created to receive private copying levies from the manufacturers and importers of blank audio recording media.

 

Music Has Value
July 2, 2015

Re:Sound has released a new initiative on the value of music.
It is the first Canadian consumer research on the interaction of recorded music and customer experience in businesses like restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and more. Re:Sound is pleased to announce that the results indicate that Canadians not only enjoy music, but also believe in its value.

For more information, visit http://www.musichasvalue.ca/

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Music Makes Us Feel Powerful
August 11, 2014

A recent study found that certain music can make us feel powerful, particularly exposure to high-power and heavy-bass music.

Click here to view the article on the study

 

The Value of Music in Fitness
July 16, 2014

A recent research study was conducted by PPL UK on the value of music in the fitness sector.

http://www.ppluk.com/About-Us/News/Press/Original-artist-music-is-key-motivator-for-gym-goers-new-research-reveals/

 

Artists & Music Companies Support Re:Sound Application for Judicial Review of Tariff 8 Decision

June 18 2014

The Copyright Board of Canada has recently set one of the worst royalty rates in the world to music streaming. It's called Tariff 8. And it means that musicians around the world will be paid 90% less when their music is streamed by Canadian consumers.

On June 16, 2014, a group of more than 70 music organizations from across the country released a joint statement in support of Re:Sound's Application for Judicial Review of the Copyright Board's Tariff 8 decision setting royalty rates for webcasting services in Canada.

http://musiccanada.com/news/artists-music-companies-support-resound-application-for-judicial-review-of-copyright-board-tariff-8-decision/

The Tariff 8 decision is a serious setback for the music community in Canada, for artists and the music companies who invest in their careers. The decision discards years of agreements freely negotiated between digital music service providers and the music industry and sets rates for music web streaming services in Canada that are less than 10% of the rates that the same services pay in the United States and many other countries.

If you would like to join the conversation, please do so using the #tariff8 hashtag on Twitter or at I Stand For Music on Facebook

I Stand For Music is a forum for all of us to voice our opposition to Tariff 8 webcasting rates and to show our support for Canada's music community. https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Stand-For-Music/649798808431412.

 

Research Confirms: Music Builds Business
Toronto, May 6, 2014

Can you imagine a pub without music? Or a silent clothing store? Or a restaurant without musical ambience? Neither can Canadian businesses that, according to new research conducted by Leger on behalf of SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - confirms music is increasingly important to their success.

"Music is essential to many business owners, and using it in the workplace can create a unique and inviting atmosphere, influence customer behavior, increase employee morale and, quite simply, make more money for businesses," said Jennifer Brown, vice president, Licensing at SOCAN.

The Music In Business study also showed that more than a third of businesses are putting live music to work to entertain customers and prompt even better results.

Ian MacKay, President of Re:Sound Music Licensing Company, which represents artists and record companies for their performing rights, said, "This research confirms findings from similar international studies and reinforces the message that SOCAN and Re:Sound have been advocating for over the last decade and more - music adds quantifiable value and helps drive business results."

For a complete summary of the Music In Business research study, please visit www.socan.ca/files/pdf/Music-in-Business-Study.pdf

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We've Changed Our Name
March 3, 2014

We are pleased to announce that AVLA is now Connect Music Licensing.

Please click here to view the press release

 

Music in Retail Stores

Please find below a link to an interesting article that confirms the key role of music in retail stores, for both consumers and staff.
http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/music-puts-shoppers-in-the-holiday-mood/

The article refers to a study conducted by PPL into the holiday retail sector, available at: http://www.musicworksforyou.com/news-and-charts/news/262-new-research-into-the-travel-sector-highlights-the-benefits-of-playing-music-in-businesses

 

Unison Fund http://unisonfund.ca
The Unison Benevolent Fund is a creation by the Canadian music community, for the Canadian music community. This non-profit organization provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs to those working in the industry who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties.

Please visit http://unisonfund.ca for more information on how you can get involved.

New bilateral agreement between US and Canada opens the flow of royalties to Canadian labels and performers
September 17, 2012

An historic agreement has been reached between Re:Sound Music Licensing Company and SoundExchange to ensure that Canadian rights holders receive royalties from US uses of their work licensed by SoundExchange. The agreement covers all Canadian rights holders signed to CONNECT music licensing, ACTRA, Artisti, MROC, and SOPROQ.

"This agreement unlocks new sources of revenue for CONNECT music licensing members and is an important step forward in our Canada-US relationship," says Graham Henderson, President of CONNECT music licensing.  "Canadian labels and performers will now be able to collect royalties accumulated from the use of their recordings on US satellite radio stations like SIRIUS XM, internet radio stations, streaming services and cable TV music channels south of the border.  Most importantly, they don't have to join SoundExchange in order to do this, but as a result of the bilateral agreement, can collect their earnings through the organization in Canada to which they already belong."

The first distribution to rights holders will occur in 2013.

Bilateral agreements of this kind are an important source of future revenue.  Hopefully, this is the first of many agreements of its kind with countries around the world who are signatories of the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).

 

CBC and CONNECT music licensing announce Historic Music Licensing Deal
January 24, 2012

CBC and CONNECT music licensing are pleased to announce that a groundbreaking music licensing deal has been reached.  This historic deal will allow CBC to offer Canadians more of its radio programs on-line, on demand, as well as launch a new Canadian digital music service this winter.

Click here to see the Press Release



Canada's First Collective Semi Interactive Digital Licence

August 2011

CONNECT music licensing has concluded Canada's first semi-interactive digital licensing agreement with Stingray Digital Media on behalf of over 1500 record labels.  This truly historic agreement was concluded in partnership with the major labels and SOPROQ, and lays the groundwork to bring in more new services to Canada!

Click here to see the Press Release




Pro-music

Pro-music is a new coalition for people and organisations working across the music sector to highlight the damage being done by online music piracy.

 

Welcome
May 2010

Welcome to CONNECT music licensing's new website. We have introduced new online features to make it easier than ever to take advantage of the services CONNECT music licensing offers. If you own or control the copyright in sound recordings and/or music videos, we can collect licence fees for certain uses on your behalf, and we can pay you neighbouring rights and private copying revenues for your eligible sound recordings. More Info

If you want to copy sound recordings for entertainment to the public and want to copy and perform music videos for entertainment to the public, we offer licences for certain types of use. More Info

Can't find the information you're looking for? Contact CONNECT music licensing and we will provide you with the information you need.

 

 

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