SOCAN

* In order to receive royalties within Canada, you need to register your works with SOCAN. If you haven't already signed up, then you can do so at www.socan.ca. It's free to sign up online, otherwise the paper route costs $25. You can contact SOCAN online or toll free at 1-800-557-6226.

Nielsen Broadcast Data Services / Soundscan

* Nielsen Broadcast Data Services is one of 2 internationally renowned services that monitor the frequency with which a song is played on commercial and campus stations, which ensures artists get paid royalties (SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, etc). You need to register/submit your song(s) with Nielsen Broadcast Data Services (BDS).

It's a free service. Check out the SOCAN article for instructions on submitting your radio single or album.

I believe this will also register you with Nielsen SoundScan so they can track your album's sales. This may assist in receiving grants from FACTOR, VideoFACT or PromoFACT.

Alternatively, as of 2006, you can submit songs online using their BDS Virtual Encode software. Send an email with “Virtual Encode” as the subject to there Client Services department at clientservices@bdsonline.com for a user name & password. Please include the following information in the body of your email: full name, company or label Name, contact #, primary email address & any additional contact info.

Media Base

* MediaBase is one of 2 internationally renowned services that monitor the frequency with which a song is played on commercial and campus stations, which ensures artists get paid royalties (SOCAN, ASCAP, BMI, etc).

There are two ways to submit your music (snail mail vs email/online), which are detailed in the FAQ section of the MediaBase website.

Gracenote CDDB

* Gracenote CDDB contains a database of cd album names and song titles. This allows for an automatic looked up of CD information a cd player when you insert a music CD in your computer. A full listing of players that use CDDB is located here. They include iTunes, WinAmp and many more. You can use any of those players to submit your CD information. Keep in mind that it takes 24-48 hours before the information you submit is available to anyone.

If you are from a record label, it may be of interest to join the
'Content Partner Program'

Digital Distribution

* Check out SOCAN's Guide to digital music platforms.

Legal Deposit

* Pursuant to the National Library Act and the National Library Book Deposit Regulations (1995), Canadian editors of sound recordings are required to send copies of their publications to the National Library the week following market launching. The Secretariat expects the recipient to take part in the legal deposit program. To find out the terms and conditions of participation, please contact the National Library of Canada by telephone at (819) 953-8509 or by E-mail at depot.legal(at)nlc-bnc.ca.

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