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Media Releases

SOCAN Welcomes “Canada’s Communications Future: Time to Act” Report

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Toronto, January 29, 2020 – The federal Broadcasting & Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel today released its final report on modernizing the legislation governing Canada’s communications sector, recommending that the Federal Government introduce as quickly as possible new legislation supporting the creation, production and discoverability of Canadian content. That includes making it mandatory for online streaming … Continue reading SOCAN Welcomes “Canada’s Communications Future: Time to Act” Report


New Mandate Letters: SOCAN Expresses Optimism

Monday, December 16th, 2019

SOCAN is encouraged to learn that the Federal Government will follow-up on its intention to introduce by December 2020 new legislation on discoverability for tech giants. 


Holiday Music Has High ROI for Business

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Entandem research finds shoppers enjoy holiday music.
Divided debate over when music should start.


Entandem has simplified music licensing for thousands of Canadian businesses since July launch

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Toronto, November 12, 2019 – Canadian businesses are responding positively to a new company created to make the music licensing process more convenient. Since its launch in July 2019, Entandem, a joint venture between RE:SOUND and SOCAN, has simplified the music licensing process for a growing number of Canadian businesses – to date, a remarkable … Continue reading Entandem has simplified music licensing for thousands of Canadian businesses since July launch


SOCAN Awards Gala in Montréal: a Spectacular and Poignant 30th Anniversary Show

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Jean Leloup, Diane Juster, André Gagnon, Cœur de pirate, Luc Plamondon, Gilles Valiquette, Louise Tremblay & James Gelfand, Kashtin, Banx & Ranx, Steve Marin, FouKi, Alaclair Ensemble, David Murphy & Cie and many more receive awards


SOCAN Announces Achievement Award Winners for 30th annual Gala in Montréal

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Leloup receives three SOCAN Classic Awards, Plamondon tops 40, and Diane Juster’s “Je ne suis qu’une chanson” to get SOCAN Cultural Impact Award


grandson’s poignant “Blood//Water” captures the $10,000 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Writers Chester Krupa Carbone, Kevin Hissink and Jordan Benjamin win over voters and deliver fan favourite among 10 nominated songs


SOCAN Delivers Record Royalties to Members

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Domestic, international and digital 2018 financial results outperform,
but CEO calls for a more equitable share from massively successful streaming platforms


2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists Emblematic of Sound Diversity in Canadian Songwriters

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Pop, rap, alternative indie-rock, electronic funk songs vie for $10,000 cash prize


SOCAN Welcomes Shifting Paradigms Report

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Toronto, May 16, 2019 – The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage tabled in the House of Commons its Shifting Paradigms report as part of its study on Remuneration Models for Artists and Creative Industries to propose recommendations related to the statutory review of the Copyright Act. On first reading, SOCAN is satisfied with the Committee’s … Continue reading SOCAN Welcomes Shifting Paradigms Report


RE:SOUND and SOCAN Collaborate to Create Entandem

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Joint venture simplifies recorded and live music licensing


30th Anniversary SOCANs Shimmer with Songwriting, Composing, Music Publishing, Licensing Success

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Opens with a “Call Me Maybe” winner; Barenaked Ladies end with a Bang.
Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger celebrated as Most-Performed Songwriter.
Murda Beatz, Drake, Frank Dukes, Jack Lenz, Red Brick Songs, Jessie Reyez, Bell Media also honoured.
Buffy Sainte-Marie inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.