DJ Licenses in Canada
AVLA: Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc.
AVLA (Audio-Video Licensing Agency
Inc.) is a non-exclusive agency that provides licenses on behalf of
record companies and producers for the purpose of broadcasting or
duplicating audio and video recordings in Canada.
The Physical Carrier license will
be phased out as of December 31st 2010; the Standard (All-in-One)
license now covers the use of CD-Rs.
The Standard (All-in-One)
DJ's who copy music onto a hard
drive source (Digital Program) using MPEG-3 or an equivalent form of
compression, and make compilations on CD-Rs, Tapes, or Mini-discs,
require this license.
Some terms of this license include:
- This license is valid from the
date of execution until December 31st of the same year (license
fees are not prorated)
- You may copy music on MP3 or
equivalent form of compression (not a higher form)
- Copies can be made on any of
the following recordable media: CDs, CD-Rs, cassettes,
minidiscs, DATs, DVDs, memory cards and hard drives (external or
internal), by means of which sounds may be reproduced
- You are allowed only one (1)
hard drive source and unlimited compilation discs
- Licensee may retain one (1)
backup copy, provided that the Sound Recordings are not
performed in public
- This license is
non-transferable and is for your sole use of you and your
- You may not sell music
compilations. The music is for LEASE only and are subject to
recall at the end of the agreement or at AVLA's discretion
- You also have the option to
create a sampler of 30 second clips to promote your business as
long as you do not edit or alter the music in any way except to
make the 30 second clip
- The programs are for use in
the territory of Canada only
- AVLA and the record companies
are not obligated to provide the source music
- Your copies must be from the
commercial product made by the record companies to assure
- Digital downloads from the
internet are prohibited, unless from an AVLA approved source
- AVLA reserves the right to
exclude certain songs as directed by the record companies (ex.
- As an AVLA licensee, your
display license should accompany you to every event
Fee: The license fee is
$312.50 (plus an administrative fee of $25) per
computer hard drive.
Video Road Show License:
This license allows a company to
copy music videos to incorporate into digital programs using
MPEG-1 encoding and/or analogue programs for performance at
various venues across Canada.
Fee: $650.00 per System
iPod Weddings - Single Event
Copying music onto an iPod type
device or burning custom CDs may be an option for a wedding
reception. Buying a license will allow the client to make copies of
copyrighted sound recordings for their event.
Fee: $50 per event
SOCAN is the Canadian copyright
collective that administers the performing rights of more than
90,000 composer, author and music publisher members by licensing the
use of their music in Canada. SOCAN collects license fees on their
behalf and distribute royalties to them.
Venues are responsible for the
yearly SOCAN fee. The fees are based on 3 factors: how many months
the room operates during the year, the room’s capacity, and how many
days of the week the room is open for dancing.
Example of a SOCAN fee: The
room operates year round and is open for dancing 1 to 3 days a week:
$534.66 per 100 person capacity yearly.