All annual DJ Licences are valid from January 1st through to
December 31st of each calendar year (the 2017 DJ licence is now
LICENCE APPLICATION FORM
You need a CONNECT music licensing DJ licence
- You are creating reproductions of sound recordings (on a
computer hard drive, CD-Rs, cassettes or mini-discs).
You do not need a CONNECT music
licensing DJ licence if:
- You are only using the original LP's/cassettes/CD's you
purchased in a record store.
- You are only using cassettes/CD's/CD-R's you have leased from a
CONNECT music licensing licensed music supply service such as
ERG, Multi Music, Promo Only, or RSM/Innovative Entertainment.
If you belong to a DJ Association, your CONNECT music
licensing licence may be included in your association
There are two types of licences:
- Standard "All-in-one"
(annual) DJ Licence
- Permits you to compress sound recordings into an MP3 format and
store them on one (1) computer hard drive source and unlimited
physical carriers for $331.55 + GST/HST per calendar
year. You may reproduce as many sound recordings as you can
fit on your hard drive or CD-R's - no limit. A back up copy is also
permitted, provided that the sound recordings are not performed in
- Storing and performing sound recordings on more than one (1)
computer hard drive requires an additional licence for each
additional hard drive.
- Click here for the Annual DJ
Single Event DJ Licence
When applying for the Single Event DJ licence online, please
apply at least 10 business days prior to your event (if possible)
to ensure that you receive your display licence in time for your
Licensing through a DJ Association
If you are a member of a CONNECT music licensing licensed
DJ Association, you may obtain the Standard "All-in-one" licence
through your association at a preferred rate. CONNECT music
licensing licensed DJ associations are:
- Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Inc.
- Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA) www.cdja.org
Music Supply Services
Supply Services (MSS) use their programming expertise to
provide DJ's and commercial users with compilations of popular
sound recordings at industry standard quality. The MSS have CONNECT
music licensing agreements that permit them to reproduce sound
recordings on compilation cassettes, CD's or CD-R's. If you use
ONLY leased music from a CONNECT music licensing licensed MSS,
you don't require any additional licensing from CONNECT music
Important information on CONNECT music
licensing licensed Music Supply Service products
- Any product that is produced by a CONNECT music
licensing licensed music supply service will indicate on the
cassette/CD/CD-R that the sound recordings are licensed by the
CONNECT music licensing. If this warning is not present, please
contact the CONNECT music licensing immediately -
- You may not copy this product for any purpose
whatsoever. Prohibition against copying Music Supply
Service product is clearly visible on the face of the product and
is also stated in the lease agreement, regardless of whether they
are personal copies or copies for your employees.
- It is clearly stated in the lease agreement and it is important
to understand that you do not own the product you are receiving,
you are leasing it.
- For a list of CONNECT music licensing licensed music
supply services, please click here
It's important to know
- All reproductions must be licensed, even if you are not
charging money for your services (e.g. doing a favour for a
- Once you have purchased a DJ licence, you will receive a
display licence from CONNECT music licensing that will confirm
that your reproductions are licensed and of good quality. The
quality of the reproductions you make must be up to industry
- All reproductions must be made from commercially produced
product made by record companies.
- You may not download sound recordings from the Internet except
from specific CONNECT music licensing licensed sources (iTunes
downloads are fine to use as long as you have a CONNECT music
licensing DJ Licence in place).
- CONNECT music licensing licensing fees are passed on to
the music rights owners.
CONNECT music licensing cannot
- Synchronization (embedding of sound recordings into visual
- Compiling sound recordings on CD-Rs to use as "give-aways" or
- Karaoke tracks (please contact the production companies of the
karaoke discs for more information on licensing).
What Does CONNECT music licensing Do?
Buying an LP/CD/cassette doesn't give you the right to reproduce
it for the purpose of entertaining the public. The liner notes of
every LP/CD/cassette indicate who produced the album, and warn that
unauthorized copying of sound recordings is strictly
The Canadian Copyright Act is a federal law
that protects creative endeavours by ensuring that the rights owner
has the sole right to authorize the publication, performance or
reproduction of the work. Section 18(1) of the Copyright Act
provides that only the copyright owner can reproduce a sound
recording or authorize the act of reproduction.
The CONNECT music licensing is a copyright collective that
administers licensing in Canada on behalf of the makers of sound
recordings and music videos (record companies). CONNECT music
licensing has over 950 members, including all of the
multi-national record companies and all of the major independent
record companies. CONNECT music licensing's members hold the
exclusive copyright interest in the vast majority of the sound
recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in
We appreciate that music plays a vital role in your business.
CONNECT music licensing and its member record companies are
pleased to be able to offer you the convenience of blanket
licensing of sound recordings for use in your business at a