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Get Paid When Your Music is Played

SOCAN members receive royalties when their music is performed on the radio, on TV, in concert, in film, in bars, digitally, internationally, and much more.

Music Talent

To become a SOCAN member, music creators must meet the following criteria:

  • be a music composer, songwriter, or lyricist;
  • have created a musical work or part of a musical work that has been:
    • published by a music publisher; or
    • recorded; or
    • performed (or will be) in a public forum (i.e. radio, television, film, live performance, satellite radio, ringtone or internet) subject to licensing by SOCAN

Membership is free for music creators who apply online.

Music Publishers

To become a SOCAN member, music publishers must have signed contracts showing:

  • You own at least five copyright-protected musical works written or co-written by a writer member of SOCAN or by a Canadian; or
  • You are entitled by contract to receive the publisher's share of the performance credits of at least five copyright protected musical works that were written or co-written by a writer member of SOCAN or by a Canadian.


Business & Music Users

Boost your business with music.

A SOCAN music licence gives you the freedom to play the music your customers love.  By obtaining a license, you’re ensuring that the creators of that music are compensated and continue to create the music that makes your business better.  

Music Fans & Supporters

Stay connected!

At SOCAN, we work to ensure that SOCAN-member songwriters and composers are fairly compensated, and receive the money that they’ve rightfully earned when their music is played. By identifying, collecting and distributing royalties, SOCAN helps music creators and publishers to continue to make, nurture and promote the music we love. Even if you’re not in the music industry, you can get behind everything that SOCAN works and stands for by becoming a SOCAN Supporter. Sign up as one to stay connected with SOCAN and with the music-making, music-rights and licensing sides of the industry. Canadian songwriters and composers are leading the planet with more chart-topping success than ever. We continue to represent and promote SOCAN members, from emerging artists to established hit-makers, hoping to find more great music to share with you along the way.

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