Funding Organizations and Licensing Agencies

Funding Organizations

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’'s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. Our main areas of activity are: grants, endowments and prizes. We also further our mandate to support, promote and celebrate the arts through research, communications and arts promotion activities.

Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings
FACTOR has been managing federal funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986 (now known as the Canada Music Fund) and started out with an annual budget of $200,000. 

La Fondation MUSICACTION est une organization sans but lucratif dont la mission est d’'encourager le développement de la musique en soutenant financièrement la production, la commercialisation d’'enregistrements sonores et les initiatives collectives en appui à la promotion des artistes canadiens.

Ontario Creates

Ontario Creates is an agency of the provincial government whose mandate is to be a catalyst for economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors, both domestically and internationally.

Radio Starmaker Fund
The Radio Starmaker Fund was created in the fall of 2000 on the initiative of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and approved by the CRTC. It is a private fund which has as its stated purpose to “make a substantial and discernible difference to the careers of Canadian artists” by providing substantial incremental investment where the artist has established a proven track record and his or her label is making a significant investment in their future career.

Unison Benevolent Fund
The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program– created and administered for the music community, by the music community. Unison is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis.

Licensing Agencies

ACTRA Recording Artists’ Collecting Society
The Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS) is a division of ACTRA that collects and distributes equitable remuneration (neighbouring rights and private copying) to eligible recording artists.  In 1997, the Copyright Act of Canada was amended to acknowledge the essential contribution of recording artists and record companies in the creation of recorded music and to add a right to equitable remuneration which is in line with similar rights in the rest of the world.  At RACS, it is our responsibility to put these monies into the hands of recording artists.

Connect Music Licensing
Connect administers licensing in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings and reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of copyright owners (usually, record companies). Connects'’s licenses ensure that owners receive compensation for use of their sound recordings and music videos.

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency
CMRRA is a non-profit music licensing agency which represents the vast majority of music copyright owners. CMRRA led the fight to eliminate the 64-year-old “compulsory license” from Canada'’s copyright laws in 1988, and has since negotiated with the record industry to strengthen its publishers’ rights and greatly increase mechanical and synchronization licensing revenue.

Canadian Private Copying Collective
Established in 1999, CPCC is an umbrella organization whose member collectives represent songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies. CPCC is the non-profit organization responsible for collecting and distributing private copying levies on behalf of its member collectives.

Independent Digital Licensing Agency Inc.
Twenty leading independent labels organized IDLA to provide independent labels and artists more efficient and economic digital asset delivery to digital music services, royalty collection and administration through an organization whose financial interests are directly aligned with its independent artists and label members.

Musicians'’ Rights Organization Canada
MROC is dedicated to serving the performers it represents (“assignors”) to make sure that they receive fair compensation for their performances on sound recordings.

Quebec Collective Society for the Rights of Makers of Sound and Video Recordings
The Quebec Collective Society for the Rights of Makers of Sound and Video Recordings (SOPROQ) was created to ensure that makers of sound and video recordings benefit fully from the rights that they are entitled to under the Canadian Copyright Act.

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. On behalf of its members, representing thousands of artists and record companies, Re:Sound licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media.

Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada

The Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) is a non-profit organization belonging to its members. It is governed by its articles and bylaws and policies, and boasts more than 6000 members across Canada.

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada
SOCAN is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry.

SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings.  The Copyright Royalty Board, which is appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of featured recording artists, master rights owners (like record labels), and independent artists who record and own their masters.