Great links and resources:
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) advocates the rights of musicians in their live and recorded performances in the United States and Canada and other countries, and where it deems appropriate, collects and distributes government mandated or other compulsory royalties of remuneration that are subject to collective administration. Check out the 20 Great Reasons to Join the AFM. View or download the Why Join the AFM? Good Questions, Great Answers brochure. View or download the Music is our Business...and Yours brochure.
In Canada, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) does business as the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM).
The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (fka the Theatrical and Television Motion Picture Special Payments Fund) collects residual wage payments on AFM covered motion pictures or Television Films as a result of the exhibition of those motion pictures (including television films) in ancillary markets such as DVD, videocassettes, pay TV, etc., and distributes those payments annually to the musicians who perform on those pictures.
The AFM & AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund is a joint project of The American Federation of Musicians and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, established to collect and distribute various US statutory royalties as well as royalties from various foreign collectives.
Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (SRSPF) provides
one of the best benefits available to musicians under the collective
bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians
(AFM) and the recording industry. The SRSPF website was
created to provide musicians with information and facts about
how the SRSPF works and to offer musicians an easy way to access
the details of their prior years distributions or tax reporting
and recording session statements.
The ACTRA Performers' Rights Society (PRS) is responsible for the collection and distribution of fees, royalties, residual fees and all other forms of compensation or remuneration to which members and permit holders of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and others may be entitled to as a result of their work or engagement in the entertainment and related industries.
ArtistI is the collective society of the Union des artistes (UDA) for the remuneration of performers' rights.
Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA) is a copyright collective
that administers the copyright for the owners of master audio
and music video recordings. AVLA licences the exhibition
and reproduction of music videos and the reproduction of audio
recordings for commercial use.
The Canadian Independent Record Production Association is the trade organization representing the independent sector of the Canadian music and sound recording industry. For over 25 years CIRPA has been the collective voice of independent music in English-speaking Canada.
The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) is a Canadian centralized licensing and collecting agency for the reproduction rights of musical works in Canada. It represents over 6,000 Canadian and U.S. publishers who own and administer approximately 75 per cent of the music recorded and performed in Canada. Licensing is done on a per use basis.
The Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) is the non-profit agency charged with collecting and distributing private copying royalties. Established in 1999, CPCC is an umbrella organization that represents songwriters, recording artists, music publishers and record companies. These are the groups on whose behalf the royalties are collected. CPCC is not an arm of government. Enforcement of the private copying tariff and advocacy, including representing copyright holders before the Copyright Board, which decides the tariff, are other important functions of CPCC.
Board is an economic regulatory body empowered to establish, either
mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties
to be paid for the use of copyrighted works, when the administration
of such copyright is entrusted to a collective-administration
society. The Board also has the right to supervise agreements
between users and licensing bodies and issues licences when the
copyright owner cannot be located.
Re:Sound is a non-profit umbrella collective, created in 1997, to administer the rights of performers and makers of sound recordings. This is done through five member collectives: the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), ArtistI, the Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA), the Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ) and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists Performers Rights Society (ACTRA PRS)
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is a performing rights society that administers performing rights in musical works on behalf of Canadian composers, authors and publishers as well as affiliated societies representing foreign composers, authors and publishers.
SODRAC is a reproduction rights society. The right to reproduce a work is part of copyright. As conferred by law to rightholders, this right allows them to control the recording of their works on any audio or audiovisual contrivance ( compact disc, cassette, videocassette, videodisc, contrivance resulting from new technologies, etc. ) and how the resulting recordings are used.
Société collective de gestion des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ) administers the rights due to producers of audio and music video recordings, including neighbouring rights and private copying of sound recordings.
SoundExchange® is a dynamic nonprofit performance rights organization embodying hundreds of recording companies and thousands of artists united in receiving fair compensation for the licensing of their music in the new and ever-expanding digital world.