Recorded mu­sic no longer a wed­ding gift

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — Money can’t buy love — but if you want some great tunes play­ing at your wed­ding, it’s go­ing to cost you.

The Copy­right Board of Canada has cer­ti­fied new tar­iffs that ap­ply to recorded mu­sic used at live events.

In ad­di­tion to wed­dings, the fees will ap­ply to con­ven­tions, karaoke bars, ice shows and fairs.

The So­ci­ety of Com­posers, Au­thors and Mu­sic Pub­lish­ers of Canada al­ready col­lects money from many of these events for the song­writ­ers.

Now a not-for-profit group called Re:Sound will col­lect fees on be­half of the record la­bels and per­form­ers who con­trib­uted to the mu­sic.

For wed­dings, re­cep­tions, con­ven­tions, as­sem­blies and fash­ion shows, the fee is $9.25 per day if fewer than 100 peo­ple are present.

Karaoke bars will pay be­tween $86 and $124 an­nu­ally de­pend­ing on how many days per week they per­mit the ama­teur croon­ing.

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