IMPEL, SX Works and CMRRA Finalize Strategic Partnership to Expand Licensing Opportunities to Members in North America and Europe


An expanded alliance ensures that independent music publishers are properly compensated for the use of their musical works in Europe, Canadaand the United States

WASHINGTON, September 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IMPEL, SX Works Global Publisher Services (SX Works) and the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) have announced a strategic partnership that expands North American and international cross-licensing opportunities and back-office administration, ensuring that music publishers are compensated accurately and fairly.

The partnership allows independent music publishers who are members of IMPEL to license their digital rights directly in Canada with CMRRA and in United States through SXWorks.

“This is an important step for IMPEL. Above all, it is about giving independent music publishers valuable options that did not exist before,” said the CEO of IMPEL. Sarah Williams. “We believe this new strategic partnership is just the beginning of a collaboration that will bring real value to our members and the songwriters they represent. Whether it’s licensing opportunities, problem-solving or any other innovation, in our universe, cooperation is the key to unlocking opportunities.”

“CMRRA and SX Works are extremely proud of this partnership with IMPEL as we have a shared vision to ensure rightsholders are properly compensated for the use of their works,” said CMRRA and SX Works President . Paul Razor. “CMRRA’s longstanding core expertise in work-to-work and share-to-share administration will drive positive results for IMPEL members and their editors.”

In addition to digital royalty collection, IMPEL members can also opt to license in other areas with CMRRA, including physical products and broadcast mechanical collections, in accordance with the service offerings program at the CMRRA card.

Further opportunities are available to IMPEL members through SX Works – the new integrated administration and licensing division of SoundExchange’s global publishing services and parent company CMRRA. The alliance provides IMPEL members with access to best-in-class data and administrative services for the United States. US UGC Service Licensing SX Works leverages SoundExchange’s authoritative ISRC and sound recording data, CMRRA’s extensive database of musical works, and SoundExchange’s state-of-the-art licensing and administration capabilities and CMRRA.

In a first phase of the partnership, CMRRA members were able to join IMPEL’s multi-territory licenses through Europe and beyond. Over 500 CMRRA customers have already signed up, and with directory registration nearing completion, distributions are expected to begin this year.

About IMPEL:

An international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights, IMPEL is 100% owned and controlled by its members, which include respected independent publishers such as Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, Kassner MusicCTM, ABKCO, Truelove Music, Mute Song, Faber Musicand Access music.

About SX Works:

SX Works Global Publisher Services (SX Works), born out of SoundExchange’s acquisition of the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), provides administration solutions enabling music publishers and authors- self-published composers to manage their repertoire and their musical works through the music ecosystem. For more information, please visit

About CMRRA:

The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) represents the vast majority of music publishers doing business in Canada. CMRRA licenses, collects and distributes royalties for the majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. The market’s leading licensing and royalty collection body licenses dozens of digital services, including all major online music services operating in Canada as well as YouTube, Meta platforms, TikTok and more. CMRRA is a SoundExchange company. For more information, please visit



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