You must obtain permission and a licence from the copyright holders for uses such as:
- background music in an athletic facility or at a fair
- in a video
- live music or buskers
- as part of a dance or an event like 101 Week
- accompanying a fireworks display or a comedy show
Licensing for music
You can obtain a licence from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and Re:Sound copyright collectives. As of 2019, licences for both collectives, as well as further information, are available via Entandem Licensing.
SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents music creators, composers and publishers by licensing the use of their music in Canada, both live and recorded. SOCAN collects and distributes royalties to songwriters and music publishers.
Re:Sound is a Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company that represents the performance rights of artists and record companies. It licenses only recorded music. Re:Sound collects fees on behalf of the owners of the rights to the sound recordings (such as musicians and record companies), whereas SOCAN collects fees on behalf of music composers, creators and publishers.