Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC)
What is MROC?
The Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) is a not – for – profit collective that collects and distributes royalties for performers. These royalties are payable under copyright legislation and reflect the rights of performers to be paid fairly for the broadcast and public performance of their recorded works. In Canada, these royalties cover a variety of broadcasts, including commercial radio, CBC radio, satellite radio and background music.
Until recently, only songwriters have received royalties when their songs have been broadcast. Organizations like SOCAN are responsible for distributing these royalties to songwriters. Now, because of legislation that recognizes the contribution of performers in the creation of sound recordings, royalties are also available for performers. MROC is responsible for distributing these royalties to performers.
How does MROC work?
If you are a musician or vocalist who has performed as a featured or background performer on a sound recording in the last 50 years, MROC may have royalties for you.
Who should register?
All VMA Members should register for MROC. You can also register if you are not a member of the VMA/CFM/AFM. There are certain deadlines to receive money from some programs like the Canadian tariff on blank media, so register sooner rather than later.
How do I register?
Register Online or fill out the MROC Registration Form
Where can I find more information?
List of Canadian AFM/CFM Locals
Atlantic Federation of Musicians
Brantford Musicians' Association
Calgary Musicians' Association
Central Ontario Musicians' Association
Edmonton Musicians' Association
Musicians' Association of Ottawa-Gatineau
Music Professionals of Manitoba
New Brunswick Musicians' Association
Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians' Association
Niagra Region Musicians' Association
Saskatoon Musicians' Association
Sault Ste. Marie Musicians' Association
Stratford Musicians' Association
Toronto Musicians' Association
Upper Canada Musicians' Association
For a list of AFM locals in the United States, please click here.
Sites of Interest
“The” Site for Vancouver Jazz Happenings
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO)
Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.
Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR)
AFM Entertainment (An AFM site to register your band)
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Free Gig Music (legal)
Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM)
International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM)
Regional Orchestras Players’ Association (ROPA)
Theater Musicians Association (TMA)
Labour Unions and Guilds
Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)
Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)
Support Services for Musicians
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA)
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Center for Black Music Research (CMBR)