About Music Royalty and Regulatory Fees

In 2010, SiriusXM Canada introduced the Canadian Music Royalty Fee (MRF) as a result of a decision by the Copyright Board of Canada regarding royalties for broadcasting music to your satellite radio. The MRF helps support the artists who create and perform the great entertainment you currently enjoy through SiriusXM.

Due to changes in Canadian legislation we are restructuring the MRF fee that you already pay as part of your SiriusXM subscription and have included Canadian Content Development (CCD) and other regulatory fees within the MRF, now referred to as the Music Royalty and Regulatory Fee (MRF). As a result the fee is being updated to 14.2% of your satellite radio subscription price, effective renewals after September 25, 2015, for the copyright and regulatory fees associated with broadcasting our content.

Together with SiriusXM Canada you are helping satellite radio to support and develop our country’s emerging talent. Every year, with your help, we provide support and exposure to up-and-coming Canadian artists and promote music education and we look forward to continue to provide you, our valued subscriber, the best and brightest talent our country has to offer along with the best line-up of commercial-free music, exclusive entertainment, and every major sport and news brand.

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Why is the MRF changing?

A. On August 24, 2014, we increased the MRF to a flat fee of $2.27 per month on all subscriptions. Based on changes in Canadian legislation coming in to force, SiriusXM Canada found it necessary to update the MRF to offset the additional costs required to support the artists who create and perform all of the great music on SiriusXM. For example, changes to Canadian copyright law will bring into force in Canada certain international treaties dealing with copyright. As a result, SiriusXM Canada will have to pay more royalties for the broadcast of music from some of the other treaty countries.
B. On September 25, 2015, we changed from a flat fee to variable rate of 14.2% on your satellite radio subscription price.


How is the MRF calculated if I am not on a Select Plan?

A. For Premier plans, the MRF is calculated on the Select portion ($15.99/month) and the Premier add-on portion ($4.00/month) at a rate of 14.2% per month.
For example:
Select ($15.99) + Premier add-on ($4.00)
= $19.99 x 14.2% MRF
Total of $22.26

B. For All Access plans, the MRF is calculated on the Select portion ($14.66/month) and the Premier add-on portion ($3.67/month) at a rate of 14.2% per month, but not on the Internet Radio portion ($3.66/month).
For example:
Select ($14.66) + Premier add-on ($3.67)
= $18.33/month x 14.2% MRF
+ Internet Radio ($3.66)
Total of $24.59


What is the satellite radio portion of my subscription price?

The satellite radio portion of a subscription price includes the price paid for Select and Premier plans, which is streamed via satellite signal. The price for SiriusXM Internet Radio is not included in this definition, as it is streamed via the internet.


Who can I contact if I have more questions?

SiriusXM customer service can answer your questions.

Sirius
siriuscare@siriusxm.ca
1-888-539-7474

XM
xmcare@siriusxm.ca
1-877-438-9677


Do all SiriusXM Canada subscribers pay the same fee?

Yes. This fee applies to all subscriptions, primary and secondary.


How does SiriusXM use this to support the Canadian music industry?

SiriusXM Canada dedicates millions of dollars and commits its platform every year to programs and initiatives designed to provide support and exposure to up-and-coming Canadian artists and music education. We also produce over 120,000 hours of Canadian programming every year and provide access to this programming not only to major Canadian regions but equal access to rural and remote areas with limited radio operations. We are providing increased diversity and a wide variety of programming choices available to all Canadians and exposure to home-grown talent to a North American audience. SiriusXM is committed to being one of the top broadcasters of independent music in Canada and since our launch in December 2005, we’ve played a leading role in helping emerging English and French Canadian musicians grow their audiences both in Canada and the U.S. We look forward to continue to provide subscribers the best and brightest talent our country has to offer. Click here for more information.


How is the MRF billed?

The MRF is billed with your subscription. So for a monthly subscription it will be added each month and for an annual subscription the yearly MRF total will be added each year.


Are my base subscription rates increasing on August 24, 2014 as well?

No. The base subscriptions rates remain unchanged. SiriusXM subscription rates can be found at any time at siriusxm.ca/plans.


With my rates going up, what more can I expect to get from SiriusXM?

Your base subscription rate is not changing, however the fees associated with delivering your music content have increased as a result of changes to copyright legislation. You can continue to enjoy the best in commercial-free music for less than the price of one song download per day. Plus you’ll continue to enjoy every major sport, world-class news, great comedy and exclusive talk as part of your subscription 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SiriusXM is adding great content, curated by experts for you every day. SiriusXM subscribers can also expect some great perks for being a customer. Exclusive access to special programming, ticket offers and VIP experiences are just a few ways we enhance your SiriusXM subscription.


Who benefits from royalty fees and Canadian content development?

As a SiriusXM customer, the MRF and your subscription fees help support a wide range of music and entertainment content. Fees generated go directly to the creators of the music you hear on satellite radio and provide support and exposure to Canadian emerging artists. From Rush, Drake, Arcade Fire, Hedley, Feist, Serena Ryder, and many more, the contributions to copyright and royalties collectives have helped emerging Canadian artists, songwriters and industry organizations rise to household names. Plus organizations like the Canadian Association for Recording Sciences (CARAS, The Juno Awards) and FACTOR to music education programs like MusiCounts and S’Cool Life Fund help give exposure to today’s Canadian hit-makers while developing tomorrows break out talent by helping to keep music an important part of classrooms today. Find out more about how SiriusXM Canada supports emerging talent.


Why the increase in MRF?

Based on the coming into force of changes in Canadian legislation, SiriusXM Canada has found it necessary to update the MRF to offset the additional costs required to support the artists who create and perform all of the great music on SiriusXM. For example, changes to Canadian copyright law will bring into force in Canada certain international treaties dealing with copyright. As a result, SiriusXM Canada will have to pay more royalties for the broadcast of music from of some of the other treaty countries.


What am I now paying in fees?

Starting with new subscriptions and renewals after August 24, 2014 SiriusXM Canada has restructured the MRF due to changes in Canadian legislation. The MRF has been changed from $0.97 per month to $2.27 per month on both primary and secondary subscriptions. This fee no longer goes only to royalties, but now also goes towards CCD and other regulatory fees as well.


Why does SiriusXM pay music royalties?

In 2010, SiriusXM Canada introduced the Canadian Music Royalty Fee (MRF) as a response to a decision by the Copyright Board of Canada regarding royalties for broadcasting music to your satellite radio. There are many fees associated with broadcasting music and other content in Canada. For example, regulated broadcasters are required to pay licence fees and make required contributions to support Canadian musicians and other artists. In addition, broadcasters must pay royalties set by the Copyright Board of Canada to copyright collective societies for the music they broadcast. Changes in legislation along with decisions by the Copyright Board may affect the fees paid by broadcasters.

The MRF is used to help cover the costs associated with:

  • Royalty fees to composers, authors, publishers, producers, performers and record labels through the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Re:Sound Music Licensing Company for the broadcast of music to your satellite radio and through CMMRA-SODRAC Inc. (CSI) for the copies of music made by satellite radio receivers.
  • Canadian Content Development (CCD) fees to support the development of Canadian content and emerging Canadian artists.
  • Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) license fees.

What is the Music Royalty and Regulatory Fee?

The MRF helps support the artists who create and perform the great entertainment you currently enjoy through SiriusXM. It is a fee of $2.27 per month on SiriusXM subscriptions for the copyright and regulatory fees associated with broadcasting our content.