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SOCAN & Re:Sound Launching Beta Version of Joint Music Licensing Portal

August 30th, 2017
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN and Re:Sound are working together on a joint licensing portal that will benefit the two organizations’ respective rights holders – songwriters, composers, publishers for SOCAN and artists and record labels for Re:Sound – by making the licensing process simpler and more straightforward for businesses like bars and restaurants, hairdressers, and retailers that play music in their establishments.

The pilot will allow music users to obtain a single report and payment for their use of recorded music through an online portal. This portal will serve as a one-stop-shop where businesses can report and pay both their quarterly SOCAN and Re:Sound licensing fees in one place, rather than reporting and paying separately for licenses with each organization.

“For too long, Canadian organizations that use music have had to deal with double the paperwork when paying their legal music licenses,” says SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “By combining information on a single online platform, we will reduce the time and confusion, enabling businesses that have other, more important things on their plate, to get these done in one fell swoop.”

The two companies have selected a small group of users and specific tariffs for the pilot, and will be rolling out a more robust version of the program in 2018.

This new portal will come at no additional cost to users. The organizations say their intent is to assist businesses by decreasing administration time and improving efficiency.

“For businesses, it’s all just music and they don’t always understand why they are required to pay two different organizations,” says Re:Sound President Ian MacKay. “The one-stop licensing portal means that we can eliminate some duplication between the two organizations in terms of outreach to businesses. This portal will make this simpler for businesses and bring economy of scale for our rights holders. It’s a win-win situation.”

 

There will be no reduction in the SOCAN and Re:Sound license amounts when transacting on the new online portal.

 

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