Who We Are
The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) is a Canadian federally incorporated not-for-profit organization whose primary objective is to collect and distribute royalties to musicians and vocalists. MROC distributes the performer’s share of neighbouring rights and private copying royalties. These royalties primarily flow from the broadcast and public performance of sound recordings and are based on tariffs approved by the Copyright Board of Canada. MROC represents more than 6500 musicians, from session players to featured artists, recording across the full range of genres.
MROC was founded on September 30, 2009 as a federally incorporated not-for-profit “collective society” which collects remuneration, royalties, license fees, levies and other compensation arising from musicians’ and vocalists’ performances on sound recordings. At that time, MROC took over the role that AFM Canada’s Musicians’ Neighbouring Rights Royalties (MNRR) had played since 1998.
In 1997, the Copyright Act of Canada was amended to allow musicians, vocalists and record companies to collect royalties for their role in the creation of sound recordings.
The new “neighbouring rights” regime expressly recognized the rights of musicians and vocalists in their performances and their right to compensation (called “equitable remuneration”) for the public performance or broadcast of their performances on recordings.
The new regime, resulted in the formation of the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada (NRCC), which is now known as Re:Sound. Re:Sound collects remuneration for musicians and vocalists as well as for sound recording makers under tariffs certified by the Copyright Board of Canada. It then forwards to MROC its share for distribution to the musicians and vocalists it represents. Further information about these tariffs is available under Royalties and through the Copyright Board’s website: www.cb-cda.gc.ca
Manager, Communications and Outreachjtrain@musiciansrights.ca
Repertoire & Distribution Coordinatorakessler@musiciansrights.ca
Board of Directors
Special Member Directors