All annual DJ Licences are valid from January 1st through to
December 31st of each calendar year.
LICENCE APPLICATION FORM
You need an AVLA DJ licence if:
- You are creating reproductions of sound recordings (on a
computer hard drive, CD-Rs, cassettes or mini-discs).
You do not need an AVLA DJ licence
- You are only using the original LP's/cassettes/CD's you
purchased in a record store.
- You are only using cassettes/CD's/CD-R's you have leased from
an AVLA licensed music supply service such as ERG, Multi Music,
Promo Only, or RSM/Innovative Entertainment.
If you belong to a DJ Association, your AVLA licence may be
included in your association fees.
There are two types of licences:
- Standard "All-in-one"
(annual) DJ Licence
- Permits you to compress sound recordings into an MP3 format and
store them on one (1) computer hard drive source and unlimited
physical carriers for $331.55 + GST/HST per calendar
year. You may reproduce as many sound recordings as you can
fit on your hard drive or CD-R's - no limit. A back up copy is also
permitted, provided that the sound recordings are not performed in
- Storing and performing sound recordings on more than one (1)
computer hard drive requires an additional licence for each
additional hard drive.
- Click here for the Annual DJ
Event DJ Licence
When applying for the Single Event DJ licence online, please
apply at least 10 business days prior to your event (if possible)
to ensure that you receive your display licence in time for your
Licensing through a DJ Association
If you are a member of an AVLA licensed DJ Association, you may
obtain the Standard "All-in-one" licence through your association
at a preferred rate. AVLA licensed DJ associations are:
- Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Inc.
- Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA)
Music Supply Services
Supply Services (MSS) use their programming expertise to
provide DJ's and commercial users with compilations of popular
sound recordings at industry standard quality. The MSS have AVLA
agreements that permit them to reproduce sound recordings on
compilation cassettes, CD's or CD-R's. If you use ONLY leased music
from an AVLA licensed MSS, you don't require any additional
licensing from AVLA.
Important information on AVLA licensed Music Supply
- Any product that is produced by an AVLA licensed music supply
service will indicate on the cassette/CD/CD-R that the sound
recordings are licensed by the AVLA. If this warning is not
present, please contact the AVLA immediately - firstname.lastname@example.org
- You may not copy this product for any purpose
whatsoever. Prohibition against copying Music Supply
Service product is clearly visible on the face of the product and
is also stated in the lease agreement, regardless of whether they
are personal copies or copies for your employees.
- It is clearly stated in the lease agreement and it is important
to understand that you do not own the product you are receiving,
you are leasing it.
- For a list of AVLA licensed music supply services, please click here
It's important to know
- All reproductions must be licensed, even if you are not
charging money for your services (e.g. doing a favour for a
- Once you have purchased a DJ licence, you will receive a
display licence from AVLA that will confirm that your reproductions
are licensed and of good quality. The quality of the reproductions
you make must be up to industry standards.
- All reproductions must be made from commercially produced
product made by record companies.
- You may not download sound recordings from the Internet except
from specific AVLA licensed sources (iTunes downloads are fine to
use as long as you have an AVLA DJ Licence in place).
- AVLA licensing fees are passed on to the music rights
AVLA cannot authorize:
- Synchronization (embedding of sound recordings into visual
- Compiling sound recordings on CD-Rs to use as "give-aways" or
- Karaoke tracks (please contact the production companies of the
karaoke discs for more information on licensing).
What Does AVLA Do?
Buying an LP/CD/cassette doesn't give you the right to reproduce
it for the purpose of entertaining the public. The liner notes of
every LP/CD/cassette indicate who produced the album, and warn that
unauthorized copying of sound recordings is strictly
The Canadian Copyright Act is a federal law
that protects creative endeavours by ensuring that the rights owner
has the sole right to authorize the publication, performance or
reproduction of the work. Section 18(1) of the Copyright Act
provides that only the copyright owner can reproduce a sound
recording or authorize the act of reproduction.
The AVLA is a copyright collective that administers licensing in
Canada on behalf of the makers of sound recordings and music videos
(record companies). AVLA has over 950 members, including all of the
multi-national record companies and all of the major independent
record companies. AVLA's members hold the exclusive copyright
interest in the vast majority of the sound recordings and music
videos produced and/or distributed in Canada.
We appreciate that music plays a vital role in your business.
AVLA and its member record companies are pleased to be able to
offer you the convenience of blanket licensing of sound recordings
for use in your business at a reasonable rate.