Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA)

The music industry is constantly changing, and with every change comes fresh challenges to the rights of the songwriters, music creators and music publishers.

Since 1949 the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. It is our mission to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

As the oldest music industry association in Canada, CMPA is committed to educating and acting as a mentor body for the next generation of music publishers and young songwriters. Our vision is to make Canada the best environment in the world for music publishers and their songwriting partners.

In 1975, CMPA founded The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) to handle music licensing in Canada. Through the initiatives of CMRRA, CMPA has essentially created the publishing infrastructure in Canada. Together, we have been able to increase the licensing rate from just 2 cents per song to 8.3 cents; while working to ensure that music publishing will be both a viable and sustainable industry for years to come.

The Canadian Music Publisher Association is a voluntary, member driven association that represents and speaks on behalf of music publishers to the public, media, government and other organizations. We lobby to ensure that copyright reform legislations are modernized to protect Canada’s music publishers and their songwriting partners.Our members not only own and/or administer the majority of copyrighted works performed and reproduced within Canada, but they also participate in annual workshops and symposiums dealing directly with teaching the youth about the business of music publishing.

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