Join Choral Canada with presenters from SOCAN, Entandem, CMRRA, and Edwards Creative Law on Wednesday, December 9 at 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET (Eastern) to answer your questions about copyright in the Canadian choral context. The presentation will focus on easy to understand regulations for online performances (live streamed and recorded), in-person concerts, and hybrid performances (live streamed/recorded and in-person).
Please register by 9 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, December 9.
All registrants will be sent general information about copyright for choirs before the presentation to answer preliminary questions. There will be time for a live Q&A. All registrants will be sent a recording of the presentation. Summary notes of the presentation will be provided in French, if requested.
Moderator: Byron Pascoe, Edwards Creative Law Byron Pascoe is an entertainment lawyer with Edwards Creative Law. Byron focuses on music law and works with recording artists, producers, managers, music service businesses and festivals. Before law school, he was a television and new media producer. Based in Ottawa, Byron works with clients across Canada. In Ottawa, he organizes the monthly music professional development series Independent Music Business. He is also a board member of CityFolk, MEGAPHONO, and Digital Arts Resource Centre, and was awarded the Impact Award at the inaugural Ottawa Music Awards.
Panelists: James Leacock, SOCAN James Leacock currently manages the operations of Media-related licensing accounts totalling over 275 million of SOCAN's annual domestic revenue. James and his team have also been working to administer SOCAN Reproduction Rights for clients in Canada and the US. James has held many roles at SOCAN including leadership roles in Concerts, General Licensing, and Business Development. He studied Behavioural Psychology at Western University and recently completed his MBA at McMaster. James lives in Milton with his wife and two sons, and he is also a musician and composer.
Greg Smith, Entandem Licensing Greg Smith is Manager of Operations at Entandem, a company jointly owned by RE:SOUND and SOCAN that ensures music creators and publishers are compensated for the use of their music in public through simplified licensing. With more than 20 years of experience, Greg has previously held roles as Assistant Manager in SOCAN’s Licensing department and at PRS, a performing rights agency in the United Kingdom.
Andrew Hunter, Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) Andy Hunter is legal counsel at the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), who represent the musical works of over 6,000 music publisher clients. His work includes negotiating the licensing of CMRRA’s repertoire for reproductions, including online, in broadcast, and pressing physical copies. Andy graduated from Osgoode Hall law school, where he specialised in intellectual property, particularly copyright. He has conducted and presented research on behalf of Canadian Heritage, focusing on the workings of the Copyright Board and the metrics used to value music. Prior to joining CMRRA, Andy worked in the entertainment business with Cineplex, where (amongst other things) he negotiated on the licensee side for the use of music in theatres and over the internet. Andy is also a part-time DJ and terrible bassist.