Music tariffs are not applicable to your business if you are playing broadcast radio such as AM or FM radio stations. However, if you choose to broadcast other forms of background music or provide music for other purposes like dancing, you are required by Canadian Copyright law to remit royalty fees to one or both of two entities in Canada.
SOCAN and Re:Sound are legally empowered by the Copyright Board of Canada to charge and collect music royalty fees from restaurant and hotel owners. Both entities have agents that visit restaurants and bars to ensure they pay the proper licensing fees.
formerly the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC), represents the performance rights of artists and record companies and it pays royalties to its members in Canada. Re:Sound also has reciprocal agreements with many other countries to collect and distribute royalties.
(Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) does the same for composers and music publishers. It also remits royalties to international organizations for performances in Canada of foreign copyright-protected works, and pays Canadian music creators and publishers when their music is performed abroad.
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is advocating federally on our members behalf on the variety of music tariffs that the industry is required to pay. Please see the links below for more information.
1. A summary of the tariffs
that are most likely to apply to members;
2. A one-page chart that summarizes the tariffs;
3.. A one-page summary of copyright obligations;
4. A one-page timeline
of the tariff certification and appeal process.
Music royalty fees exemption extended
Tthe Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has negotiated an exemption of fees under Tariff 5A, 5B and 5C for the period of January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009 for music royalty fees paid to SOCAN. Re:Sound has agreed to extend the deadline for payment and fee exemption of October 31,2012 to the new date of March 31, 2013. In n order to receive the exemption of the years 2008 and 2009 payment must be made by March 31, 2013. Please click on the link below for more information.
1. Re:Sound memo on fee exemption extension to March 31, 2013.