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October 16, 2014

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

CANADA: A Major Source Of U.S. Royalties

Canada is one of the top revenue countries for U.S. writers and music publishers. Please join Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN and former head of CISAC, and Caroline Rioux, new President of CMRRA, for an enlightening discussion of the music licensing process in Canada.

Areas covered include the structure, role and revenue of SOCAN and CMRRA, streaming, download and traditional media deals and rates, the role of the Canadian Copyright Board and Canada Supreme Court in the rate setting process, reciprocal agreements between collection societies, revenue growth as well as problem areas, the MusicMark project with ASCAP and BMI, neighboring rights, the role of CISAC, multi-territory licensing and joint online licenses.


Eric Baptiste

Caroline Rioux
President, CMRRA


Todd Brabec
Author of Music, Money and Success/Former ASCAP Executive VP/AIMP Board member

AIMP Panel

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Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

From left, AIMP board member Todd Brabec, Caroline Rioux/CMRRA, Eric Baptiste/SOCAN and Michael Eames/PEN Music Group & AIMP Vice President.

Photos by Diego Lopez & Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib.

Additional Speaker Information

As the head of the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada, Eric Baptiste is one of Canada’s most influential music industry leaders. Under his direction since 2010, SOCAN has grown its membership base and increased the number of organizations licensed to use music to record-high levels. With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric Baptiste has influenced broadcast media and cultural policy, and promoted new talent around the world. In March 2014, he was elected Chairperson of the board of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC). Prior to joining SOCAN, Eric worked for eight years in radio in France, including General Manager of RFI (French public international radio) and CEO of the commercial radio station, 95.2 Paris, and was Director General of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers (CISAC). In addition to being CEO of SOCAN, he serves as non-executive Chairman of both the International ISAN Agency (ISAN-IA) and non-commercial French network Radio NEO. He is also vice-chair of the board of Fast Track, the global technical alliance among 13 Copyright Societies. A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the École nationale d’administration, Eric Baptiste was awarded the French government’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2006.

Caroline Rioux is President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). She also serves on the Boards of CMRRA/SODRAC Inc. (CSI), the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC) and ALAI Canada. Caroline joined CMRRA in 1991. She earned an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and is a graduate of the Trebas Institue of Recording Arts. Prior to joining CMRRA, Caroline worked for independent record label Les Disques Gamma Ltd. as artist marketing representative. In her various roles at CMRRA, Caroline has participated in the establishment of a number licensing agreements and tariffs certified by the Copyright Board of Canada, notably, CSI's Online Music Services tariff, which sets out the royalty rates and terms for the use of the reproduction right in downloads and streams in Canada. She is a strong advocate for fair royalty rates, robust administrative provisions, responsive client service and transparency in collective management to ensure a high degree of satisfaction from the rightsholders she represents. CMRRA is a not-for-profit music licensing collective, which represents the interest of the vast majority of music publishers doing business in Canada. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licenses to users of the reproduction right in copyrighted music, such as record companies, online music services and broadcasters.

Todd Brabec, former ASCAP Executive Vice President and Worldwide Director of Membership, is an Entertainment Law attorney, an award winning author of the best selling music business book "Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business"(7th edition/Schirmer Books), an Adjunct Associate Professor at USC where he teaches the course on Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts and is a Governing Committee member of the American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Industries. During his 37 year ASCAP career, he was responsible for signing most of ASCAP's successful songwriters and film and television composers including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Neil Young, Metallica, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Journey, Joni Mitchell, Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean), James Horner (Avatar, Titanic),James Newton Howard (Dark Knight), Randy Newman(Toy Story) and Alan Silvestri (Marvel's Avengers) among many others as well as increasing ASCAP's market share from 20% to market share competitive dominance in radio, television and worldwide top grossing feature films. In addition, he significantly changed most of ASCAP's distribution, payment and survey systems as well as eliminating practically all ASCAP payment and distribution policies, formulas and rules which were not in the best interests of songwriters and composers. He lectures extensively throughout the world at conferences, universities, foreign societies, law firms and management companies. Website: musicandmoney.com. Contact:toddbrabec@gmail.com

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