Industry Associations - SOCAN

Industry Associations

NATIONAL MUSIC COLLECTIVES (you must sign up to get your royalties)

Public Performance of the Composition & Reproduction of the Composition


SOCAN is a non-profit rights management organization that licenses the use of music to individuals and organizations and subsequently collects and distributes performing and reproduction royalties for more than four-million music creators, publishers and visual artists around the world.  SOCAN serves and champions music creators, music publishers, and visual artists through education, advocacy, and professional development.

Public performance of the Sound Recording


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. Re:Sound 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.

Public performance of the Composition & Public Performance of the Sound Recording


Entandem is a joint venture between RE:SOUND and SOCAN that brings the music licensing services now managed separately by each organization into a single, jointly operated business. Entandem collects royalties for the public performance of the composition and the sound recording. No need to sign up with Entandem, you’re covered with SOCAN and Re:Sound.

Reproduction of the Composition

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency

The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd (CMRRA) is a music licensing collective that issues licences to individuals or organizations for the reproduction of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada, on various media.

Reproduction of Sound Recordings and Reproduction and Broadcast of Music Videos

CONNECT Music Licensing

CONNECT Music Licensing (CONNECT) represents the major record companies, many independent labels, as well as artists and producers who own or control the copyright in the vast majority of sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada. CONNECT acts as a non-exclusive agent to administer licences to third parties in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of its members.


Soproq is a collective management company for the rights of producers of sound recordings and music videos. It collects and distributes royalties from public performance rights, reproduction rights and private copying rights for sound recordings and music videos in its repertoire.

Public Performance of Sound Recording (payable to Performers – musicians, vocalists)

The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada

The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization whose objective is to collect and distribute royalties to musicians and vocalists. MROC distributes the performer’s share of neighbouring rights and private copying royalties. These royalties primarily flow from the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings MROC represents more than 10,000 musicians, from session players to featured artists, recording across the full range of genres.


Founded by Union des artistes in 1997, ARTISTI is a collecting society that represents more than 5,000 performers. The society’s mission is to manage and to distribute royalties earned by performers including remuneration rights as defined in the Copyright Act.

ACTRA Recording Artists’ Collecting Society

ACTRA Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (ACTRA RACS) is a not-for-profit performer collective dedicated to ensuring that all performers and recording artists, from session musicians and background performers to featured vocalists, are paid for the use of their work. We collect royalties in Canada and from around the world, representing tens of thousands of recording artists across all genres of music.



Music Publishers Canada
Music Publishers Canada ensures the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. They promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

The Association of Music Publishing Professionals
The Association of Music Publishing Professionals (APEM) represents Quebec and French-speaking music publishers in Canada, working to assert the rights and interests of music publishers, as well as those of the authors and composers they represent.  APEM offers training programs for the next generation of music publishing and industry professionals.

Screen Composers Guild of Canada
The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is a national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television and new media.

Their mission:

  • Promote the music, status and rights of film, television and media composers in Canada.
  • Improve the status of music score composers through promotion, education and advocacy.
  • Improve the quality of music for film, television and media through professional development of its members.
  • Represent the rights and interests of our members with producers, broadcasters, government agencies and other relevant persons and entities.

The Professional Society of Authors and Composers of Quebec
The Professional Society of Authors and Composers of Quebec (SPACQ) is an association that represents the moral, economic and professional interests of French-speaking songwriters across Canada and of all commissioned music composers in Quebec.

Songwriters Association of Canada
The S.A.C. is a community of songwriters supporting each other on the creative journey.  They advocate on behalf of songwriters to protect the value of our work and provide many privileges to members including opportunities to network, get your music heard, and honing the craft.

Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
CARAS’ main focus is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music. The JUNO Awards encompass a week-long celebration of Canadian music, culminating in The JUNO Awards Broadcast where Canadian artists are recognized for excellence of achievement in recorded music. MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS, is dedicated to ensuring that young Canadians regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background have the opportunity to experience the joy of music, explore their talent, build self-esteem, and above all dream big.

Canadian Country Music Association
The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters.

Canadian Independent Music Association strong>
Through transparency, trust and integrity, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is an advocacy leader, representing the national-interests of the Canadian owned independent music industry, while providing targeted services for the economic benefit of its membership.

Music Canada
Music Canada represents Canada’s major record labels:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. They advocate for a healthy and vibrant Canadian music ecosystem, which includes labels, performing artists, publishers, songwriters, managers and others.

Music Managers Forum
A collective voice for Canadian music managers and self-managed artists.  Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) is a non-profit trade association offering education, networking and advocacy on behalf of our members, their artists, and the wider Canadian music community. MMF Canada advocates to various levels of the government on behalf of its members on key issues that affect managers and their artists. We work collaboratively with  strategic partners within the larger music community to offer workshops, webinars and other programming that allows our members to connect with each other while developing their management skills and industry knowledge.



Breakout West
BreakOut West is an annual music event that includes an immersive, music development conference, music festival hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, where industry gathers to celebrate, develop and support the best western Canadian artists.

East Coast Music Association
It is the ECMA’s mission to foster, develop, promote and celebrate East Coast Music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We strive to succeed in our mission through the execution of our annual event, educational sessions and workshops throughout the year, Trade Missions and our International Export Program.

Music and Film in Motion
Music and Film in Motion is a division of Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) and is dedicated to fostering and promoting the music and film industries in Northern Ontario, as well as providing educational programming to cultivate the advancement of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent.



Alberta Music
The Alberta Music Industry Association is a non-profit dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry to succeed in their careers. Alberta Music builds, connects and inspires a dynamic Alberta music industry. They provide member consultations and workshops, advocate for their rights to government, support the growth of the Western Canadian Music Alliance and provide domestic and international showcase opportunities.

Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo
The Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ) is a non-profit association founded in 1978 to advocate for, and promote the development of, the members of the music industry in Québec.

Manitoba Music
Manitoba Music is a 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. Through programs and services, they provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry.

Music BC
Music BC Industry Association is a not-for-profit association serving the for profit and non-profit music industry, including artists from all genres, industry professionals, service providers, studios, promoters, venues, festivals, producers, agents, managers and educational institutions. Music BC is the voice of the BC Music industry locally, domestically and internationally, through active advocacy for funding, policy, red tape reduction, tax credits and creator’s rights.

Music New Brunswick
Music 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. MNB is a non-profit association with ties on regional, provincial, and national levels with government agencies and departments who enable us to lobby and promote our industry and our artists whenever possible.

Music Newfoundland and Labrador
Music Newfoundland and Labrador fosters the NL music community and industry growth through its advocacy, programming, and partnerships with members, industry leaders and stakeholders. They address key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by present a strong voice to government, business and the community at large.

Music Nova Scotia
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. 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; acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise; and supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally

Music NWT
The mission of Music NWT is to develop, foster and promote the continued growth of the Northwest Territories music industry to its fullest potential. They support the marketing and distribution of NWT Musicians and Recording Artists; provide opportunities for education and training; increase the recognition of the music industry as a vital element of the economy and cultural identity of the Northwest Territories; and provide a voice to government, business, and the communities at large.

MusicOntario is a non-profit, membership-based provincial Music Industry Association (MIA), whose mission is to provide professional development, education, information, and support to the music industry of Ontario. The association’s mandate is to nurture, elevate, and empower emerging companies and artists in Ontario’s indie music sector.

Music PEI
Music PEI is a non-profit member services organization devoted to advancing careers of Island musicians. Music PEI is actively seeking ways to promote, foster and develop artists and the music industry on PEI. The Association acts as an advocate for the Island music industry and a representative at the national table.

Music Yukon
Music Yukon helps artists achieve their artistic, career and business goals including musicianship, professionalism, business success, economic self-sufficiency and cultural expression. They develop and improve the market for Yukon musicians, and enhance the presence of Yukon’s music industry in the community and the nation as a source of entertainment, cultural identity, economic opportunity and community quality of life.

SaskMusic stimulates the growth and development of the Saskatchewan music industry through leadership, promotion, training, advocacy, and partnership.