Are you getting paid?
Are you getting paid for your plays by ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society)?
If your answer is no, you could be missing out on some well-earned royalties.
We at ACTRA RACS ensure performance royalties (specifically, neighbouring rights royalties) get into the hands of the recording artists we represent. In other words, if you’ve performed on a recording that has received radio play, there is money waiting for you. You are also entitled to receive private copying royalties for copies made of your recorded music by Canadians for their personal use.
What is ACTRA RACS?
We are a not-for-profit organization that has distributed over $62.5 million to the thousands of performers we represent in Canada and abroad. Our members span all music genres and range from session musicians to featured vocalists, emerging artists to household names – all coming together to be paid fairly for the use of their work.
For years, Canadian composers and authors have received royalties collected from SOCAN for broadcast or public performance of their songs. It wasn’t until 1997 that the same protections were extended to recording artists (musician and vocalists) under the Copyright Act of Canada.
How does it work?
Royalties distributed by ACTRA RACS are based on license fees that are charged for the use of music played in public (such as music played in retail stores) or broadcast on radio (such as satellite, streaming or CBC Radio). Private copying royalties stem from the levy applied to certain types of blank media, such as CDs.
Around the world...
ACTRA RACS is also engaged internationally. Through reciprocal agreements with organizations worldwide, ACTRA RACS ensures you are getting paid for your plays not just in Canada but around the world.
It is free!
Being a recording artist today take a lot of work. As the music industry continues to change and evolve, and traditional revenue streams continue to decline, performance royalties are becoming an even more vital and growing source of revenue for you and other recording artists. Let ACTRA RACS help manage your rights so you can stay focused on what you do best: creating great music.
It’s free to register with ACTRA RACS, so sign up today and start getting paid for your plays!
The Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS) is a division of ACTRA that collects and distributes equitable remuneration (neighbouring rights and private copying) to eligible recording artists.
RACS represents more than 5,000 recording artists domestically and countless more through our reciprocal agreements. The recording artists registered with RACS range form unsigned indie acts to acclaimed international Jazz artists, and from featured vocalists to session players and background musicians.
Since 1998, RACS has distributed more than $50 million to recording artists and the amount continues to increase. To see how we did in 2013/2014, read our Annual Report. We believe that these monies are a vital source of revenue for recording artists and contribute to their long-term success.