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CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal With Amazon Music

CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal With Amazon Music

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

Amazon Music Unlimited launched in Canada yesterday and CMRRA says 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,” CMRRA President Caroline Rioux said.

Amazon announced yesterday 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. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but the rates apply to the reproduction of songs on Amazon Music Unlimited, which will now be available throughout Canada for the first time.

“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 peermusic Canada. “This licensing agreement underscores CMRRA’s commitment to advocating for music publishers and self-published songwriters.”

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

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