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Media Releases

Michael Asante Joins SOCAN as First A&R Representative, Rap and R&B

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Toronto, November 30, 2020 – SOCAN has appointed Michael Asante to the role of A&R Representative, Rap and R&B, a new position to address the rapidly growing part of the company’s membership base. His appointment is the culmination of a four-month search that saw more than 500 applicants for the role. As A&R Representative, Rap and … Continue reading Michael Asante Joins SOCAN as First A&R Representative, Rap and R&B

 

Robert Bennett Joins SOCAN as Chief Financial Officer

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Toronto, November 5, 2020 – SOCAN has announced the appointment of Robert Bennett as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Bennett most recently served as served as Lead Financial Officer, Capital Markets, Technology and Operations, BMO Financial Group, in which he oversaw multiple aspects of financial planning and forecasting, accounting and financial management, and the amalgamation … Continue reading Robert Bennett Joins SOCAN as Chief Financial Officer

 

SOCAN Announces Final 2019 Financial Results

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

Record revenues, but losses due to multi-year business expansion efforts

 

SOCAN Announces Departure of Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

SOCAN has announced the departure of Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty, effective November 30, 2020. After that, he will provide consulting services for the organization until April 2021, assisting with the transition to the Membership department’s future leadership and structure. “We thank Michael McCarty for his leadership, creativity, and commitment to our … Continue reading SOCAN Announces Departure of Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer

 

SOCAN Launches Inclusion Review with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Initiative will inform action plan for equity-seeking groups

 

Shawn Mendes Comes Up Big with Five SOCAN Awards

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Online Celebration of Songwriters, Composers and Music Publishers
“Now, more than ever, music creators and publishers need to be recognized for the role they play in our lives,” says Interim CEO

 

SOCAN Reproduction Rights clients awarded $1.5-million in royalties for copies of music in CBC arbitration

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

SOCAN, on behalf of SODRAC members and clients, is finally able to collect for the reproduction of music on CBC television broadcasts. The Supreme Court of Canada determined that “broadcast incidental copies” have reproduction right value as SOCAN/SODRAC was able to demonstrate. Broadcast incidental copies are copies of music embedded in audio-visual content made by … Continue reading SOCAN Reproduction Rights clients awarded $1.5-million in royalties for copies of music in CBC arbitration

 

William Prince wins the 2020 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for “The Spark”

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Canadians get fired up to make Prince’s masterpiece their favourite song.
In a first, all finalists receive cash prizes.

 

SOCAN Songwriting Prize Amplifies Music’s Power To Lift Us Up

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

In a first, cash prizes awarded to all 20 nominees

 

SOCAN Makes Audiam Leadership Change

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Toronto, July 14, 2020 – SOCAN today announced that Jeff Price has departed wholly-owned Audiam, effective immediately. SOCAN COO Jeff King has assumed the duties of CEO. “Audiam’ s business will continue without change,” said Jennifer Brown, Interim-CEO of SOCAN. “SOCAN and Audiam will continue to work to represent rights holders and ensure they are … Continue reading SOCAN Makes Audiam Leadership Change

 

SOCAN Gets Music Makers Paid for Live Facebook and Instagram Concerts with Encore! Program

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Confirms May 15th royalties distribution will go out on target

 

SOCAN Welcomes Government Confirmation on Royalties and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Toronto, April 15, 2020 – SOCAN welcomes confirmation today from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault that royalty payments will not prevent creators from qualifying for benefits under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). SOCAN rights holders receive quarterly payments for performing and reproduction rights. These include songwriters, composers and … Continue reading SOCAN Welcomes Government Confirmation on Royalties and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)