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An album is a sound recording of several musical works (in general more than twelve) by the same artist on a physical medium, such as a compact disc. The following information also applies to a single.

What rights does this license authorize?

Applicable only to label companies, this license authorizes them to:

  • Record a musical work on an album in its original form;
  • Produce physical copies from this album;
  • Put into circulation and sell, either directly or by a third party, these physical copies to consumers, uniquely for domestic or private use, on the condition that these copies are circulated under the name of the label company or under one of the brand names exclusively belonging to it.

How to obtain a license

  • Members of the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ): on February 27, 2015, the agreement in principle between SODRAC and ADISQ on mechanical rights with respect to phonograms (CDs) and music videograms (DVDs) has been ratified by ADISQ members. Therefore, it will replace the previous agreement (in French only) ending on December 31, 2014.
  • The new agreement will be effective for two years, from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016. Under the new agreement, the base rate per work will be adjusted by one tenth of a cent, bringing the per work rate for a regular product to $0.085. In addition, the agreement reduces by 40% all discounts granted, which improves the rate of all discounted products, for instance the "Compilation Phonograms", the "Budget Price Reproductions" and the "Mid-Price Reproductions". The following table summarizes the main changes and we will post the text of the new agreement as soon as SODRAC and ADISQ have signed it. For more information about this agreement, please contact the ADISQ labels Supervisor at 514-845-3268, ext. 227.


    2012 - 2014

    2015 - 2016




    (e.g. 18 works)












  • Members of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association, CRIA), specific conditions apply according to the licences issued. For more information, please contact a Music Canada Labels Agent at 514 845-3268, ext. 245.
  • All other label companies who have not signed a collective agreement, you must fill out the Online License Application Form. When we have received your payment, we will send you the license, which you must sign and date. You must then send back the "SODRAC" copy only. For additional quantities of the same product, you must obtain a new license. If you have any questions, please email the Audio Licensing Department at or call (514) 845 3268, ext. 251.


For ADISQ members:

  • Per work rate of $0.085 foreseen in the SODRAC-ADISQ agreement for the period of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016

For Music Canada members:

  • Rate foreseen in the SODRAC-Music Canada agreement applied in the licences issued to these members

For label companies who have not signed a collective agreement:

  • $0.096 for a work of five minutes or less

Specific conditions

Administrative fees apply to all licences for products for pressing. You must send us a copy of the product along with a copy of your manufacturer's invoice or purchase order when the mastering is completed and before the release and marketing date.

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