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Media Releases

SOCAN Statement

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Toronto, April 22, 2021 – SOCAN announced today that Marc Ouellette, president of the organization’s board of directors, has received and accepted the resignation of board member Denis Wolff. Wolff also has withdrawn his nomination from the current board election and has resigned from the board of directors of the SOCAN Foundation. “Denis Wolff felt … Continue reading SOCAN Statement

 

SOCAN Brings Added Relief Through Expanded Online Concert Royalties for Music Creators and Publishers

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Toronto, March 25, 2021 – While music has provided invaluable spiritual help to get Canadians through the pandemic, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on musicians who rely on in-person concerts and touring to help sustain their livelihood. Today, SOCAN announced an expanded program to enable music creators and publishers to earn more of what they … Continue reading SOCAN Brings Added Relief Through Expanded Online Concert Royalties for Music Creators and Publishers

 

Audible Magic Acquires MediaNet from SOCAN, Integrating UGC and Premium Music Solutions

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Audible Magic to offer one-stop-shop for music licensing
and copyright compliance

 

Pauzé, Ruffsound, Goncalves, Editorial Avenue, DRTWK Among the Big Winners at SOCAN Francophone Awards

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Online celebration of music creators and publishers’ massive contributions

 

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.