CMRRA signs licensing deal with Amazon Music

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) has reached a licensing deal with Amazon Music.

Amazon Music Unlimited launched in Canada and CMRRA said it has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon Music to ensure that its music publisher and rightsholder clients, which together represent more than 80,000 music catalogs, will receive royalties for the use of their works on the service.

“We’re very happy to have come to a negotiated agreement with Amazon Music and to see them enter Canada with Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music and its entry will benefit both Canadian consumers and the rightsholders that we serve by offering a new point of sale and a new source of revenue for music publishers and their songwriters,” said CMRRA President Caroline Rioux.

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited for Canada, bringing customers a catalogue of millions of songs and thousands of playlists and personalized stations, combined with the magic of voice controls powered by Alexa.

However, the terms of the transaction are yet to be disclosed.

“CMRRA is constantly working with our licensees to create solutions to make it easier for services to come to Canada and to provide for compensation for our valued music publisher clients,” CMRRA Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Veronica Syrtash said.

“CMRRA has established itself as a vital resource for music publishers to manage their mechanical royalties in Canada,” said Neville Quinlan, chairman of SXWorks’ Canadian Publishers Committee and managing director of peer music Canada.

CMRRA also collects publishing royalties from dozens of other digital companies, such as Apple, Google, and Spotify.

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