Entandem Collects $5M in Music-Licensing Revenue in First 4 Months

As previously reported this summer, SOCAN and Re:Sound partnered on the launch of a new company, Entandem, which brings the music licensing previously managed separately by each organization into one jointly-operated business. With Entandem, businesses like retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, fitness clubs, and the myriad of other organizations that use music can complete their legally-required licenses in one transaction. Now, after being operational since July, SOCAN and Re:Sound have revealed that 3,300 companies that use live and recorded have used gotten licensed through Entandem.

So far, Entandem has collected more than $5 million in music-licensing revenue, which it says demonstrates demonstrates "its effectiveness in making it convenient for Canadian businesses to use music ethically, legally, and responsibly, while ensuring the creators and owners of the music receive fair compensation for the use of their valuable work."

"The businesses we work with clearly appreciate the convenience of completing both RE:Sound and SOCAN music licenses at once," says Amadou Tall, director of Entandem Licensing. "Not only is this great for business, it's a positive development for rightsholders. The fair royalties they have earned allow them to maintain and build their careers and keep bringing us the music we love."

By law, whether they use live or recorded music, Canadian businesses must pay for the music they use so that those who made the music can be fairly compensated. As Entandem puts it, just as restaurants pay food suppliers and nightclubs pay for the liquor they serve to make their business better, music is an important, and often vital, piece of the customer, client or employee’s overall experience.

The money collected from RE:Sound and SOCAN music licenses through Entandem is distributed as royalties to songwriters, composers, music publishers, artists, and record labels.

Entandem simplifies the completion of both RE:Sound and SOCAN licenses, previously managed separately by each organization, into a single, jointly-operated business comprising 35 full-time employees. Entandem is headquartered in Toronto with a branch office in Montréal.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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