On May 8, 2019, Re:Sound and SOCAN announced that they are collaborating to form a new joint venture called Entandem. The joint venture aims to simplify performance rights music licensing by creating a single portal for businesses to pay for the licenses they need to publically play music.

Canadian businesses that wish play background music as part of their operations are currently required to purchase two licences. The first, a license to publically play sound recordings, may be obtained from Re:Sound. The second, a licence to perform musical works, may be obtained from SOCAN. With Entandum, businesses will be able to license both rights through a single portal starting July 2019.

According to Ian MacKay, president of Re:Sound

“a single licensing organization means a simplified experience, by interacting with one organization instead of two, with one payment for both RE:SOUND and SOCAN music licenses, and one point of contact to answer questions and resolve issues”

While Entandem will collect licenses for the general use of recorded music in public venues, Re:Sound and SOCAN will continue to administer royalties separately for recorded music on YouTube, social media, radio, television, movies and online streaming services. The new organization will operate nationally and will have premises in both Toronto and Montréal.

For more information, please see the Entandem website here.

Summary By: Jae S. Morris


19 05 15

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