Industry Links

Take a look through some of our partners and colleagues in the industry to find out how they can help you navigate the ins and outs of the business.

Rights & Licensing

Wondering how you can get paid for your work? These organizations have your back.

  • Connect Music Licensing

    Connect Music Licensing

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    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 companies).


    Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA)

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    CMRRA is a non-profit music licensing agency, which represents the vast majority of music copyright owners (usually called music publishers) doing business in Canada.

  • IDLA

    Independent Digital Licensing Agency

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    The Independent Digital Licensing Agency provides independent labels and artists more efficient and economic digital asset delivery to digital music services, royalty collection and administration.

  • SoundExchange


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    SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), Internet radio (like Pandora), cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings.

  • MROC

    Musicians' Rights Organization of Canada (MROC)

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    MROC is dedicated to serving the performers it represents to make sure that they receive fair compensation for their performances on sound recordings.

  • Artisti


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    Artisti is a collective management society created by the Union of Artists in 1997, which represents more than 2,500 artists.



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    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.

  • Re:Sound


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    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.



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    SOPROQ collective management of rights of producers of phonograms and video recordings of Quebec allows producers of sound recordings and music videos to enjoy fully the benefits of the rights granted to them under Canadian law on copyright.

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    Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

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    SOCAN is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers.

Musicians Unions

For musicians looking for some assistance on a variety of issues, these unions can help represent you.

  • CFM

    Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)

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    The Canadian Federation of Musicians helps thousands of musicians who need assistance with any number of issues related to the recording and performing of their craft.


  • GMMQ


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    The GMMQ, in partnership with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, has defended the interests of over 3,300 professional musicians throughout Quebec in every facet of the music industry.

National Advisory Board

FACTOR is committed to serving Canada’s regions from coast to coast to coast. This is why the National Advisory Board (NAB) was established in 1992.

The NAB’s purpose is twofold: to assist FACTOR in developing policies and procedures that remain responsive to the Canadian independent music industry on a national level, and to act as a regional resource for FACTOR’s programs to applicants across the country.

  • Music NL

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    MusicNL is a collective working to increase awareness locally, nationally and internationally of provincially produced music as an art form and as a viable industry with significant impact on the economy.

  • Music Nova Scotia

    Music Nova Scotia

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    Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain our own natural resource and promote investment by providing education, information and resources to our membership.

  • Music New Bruinswick

    Music New Brunswick

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    Music/Musique NB (MNB) is a provincial music industry association that provides a support network for musicians, managers, and businesses that are involved in the creation of music within the province of New Brunswick.

  • Music PEI

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    Music PEI, founded in 2001 as the Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association, is a non-profit member services organization devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians and music industry professionals.

  • Music Ontario

    Music Ontario

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    A division of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), MusicOntario is the hub of Ontario’s vibrant music community, the largest in all of Canada.

  • Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)

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    Cultural Industries Ontario North is dedicated to advancing the development and promotion of Northern Ontario’s music, film, television, and digital media industries.

  • Music NWT

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    Music NWT exists to develop, foster and promote the continued growth of the Northwest Territories music industry to its fullest potential.

  • Manitoba Music

    Manitoba Music

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    Manitoba Music is the hub of Manitoba’s vibrant music community. It is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing over 750 members in all facets of the music industry, including artists and bands, studios, agents, managers, songwriters, venues, promoters, producers, and beyond.

  • SaskMusic


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    SaskMusic is a non-profit association that stimulates growth and development in the commercial music industry of Saskatchewan through leadership, promotion, training, advocacy and partnership.

  • Music Yukon

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    Music Yukon exists to help artists achieve their artistic, career and business goals including musicianship, professionalism, business success, economic self-sufficiency and cultural expression.

  • Alberta Music

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    Alberta Music is a non-profit, service based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry succeed in their careers. The association provides professional development, educational support, mentoring and training opportunities for Alberta artists and those working within the Alberta music industry.

  • Music BC

    Music BC

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    Representing the British Columbia music industry, Music BC is a non-profit society dedicated to providing information, education, funding, advocacy, awareness and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the spirit, growth, and sustainability of the BC Music community.

  • Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA)

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    The CLMA works to entrench live music’s economic, cultural, and social value and to create the conditions for concerts to thrive.

    Among our members are concert promoters, festivals, talent agencies, venues, clubs, arenas, performing arts centres, industry associations and networks, and suppliers.

  • Music Publishers Canada (MPC)

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    Since 1949 the Music Publishers Canada (MPC) has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. It is our mission to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

  • Music Managers' Forum

    Music Managers' Forum

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    The MMF Canada is committed to ensuring that artists receive their fare share of remuneration from every possible income source. As the management sector’s voice in the industry, the MMF Canada acts as a lobbying force to various levels of the government on behalf of its members on key issues that affect managers and their artists.

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    Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)

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    CIMA’s mandate is to ensure the long-term development of the sector and to raise the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and around the world.

Industry Associations

From coast-to-coast-to-coast there are industry associations who work year-round to represent various members of the music industry. Find a bit more about them below.

  • Songwriters' Association of Canada

    Songwriters Association of Canada

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    An association led by active professional and amateur songwriters, the SAC is committed to the development and recognition of Canadian composers, lyricists and songwriters.

  • Music Canada

    Music Canada

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    Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1964 that promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists. Music Canada works closely with recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters and managers in the promotion and development of the music cluster.



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    ADISQ is a professional non-profit that defends the interests of its members and promotes the development of the music industry in Quebec. This includes consulting the government on policies and the financing of the music industry.