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SOCAN Advantage

Not only does your membership at SOCAN ensure that you are compensated for public performances of your music both in Canada and abroad, it also makes you eligible for valuable benefits that can help you manage your career both at home and on the road.

SOCAN Group Banking Program with RBC (Financial Advantage)

SOCAN is pleased to announce an offer for members – a group banking program available through the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). SOCAN members can now access benefits and discounts on a wide range of banking products and services including VIP banking, personal financing solutions, specialty savings accounts, investments and investment services, and special VISA cards. To read more about the program, and to access the RBC Group Banking page online, visit the RBC Group Banking Summary for members of SOCAN.

Front Row Musical Instruments and Studio Liability Group Program (Insurance Advantage)

Front Row Insurance has improved its Musical Instruments and Studio Liability Program for SOCAN members. Take advantage of better rates, coverage and deductibles to protect the tools of your trade!

AFBS Health Insurance for SOCAN members (Insurance Advantage)

The Arts & Entertainment Plan® provides health insurance benefits for SOCAN members who would otherwise be without this important safety net.

SOCAN members now have access to this health insurance solution, consisting of:

  • extended health care;
  • dental care;
  • prescription drug coverage;
  • life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance; and
  • travel emergency medical coverage.

AFBS Home and Auto Insurance (Insurance Advantage)

If you’re a SOCAN member, you now have access to preferred rates on home and auto insurance through AFBS’ Group Home and Auto Insurance Program.

The program has been in place for 15 years and provides coverage for your home, home business, vehicle and more.

SOCAN House - Los Angeles, CA - USA (Travel Advantage)

SOCAN is pleased to offer accommodations in Los Angeles exclusively for all SOCAN writers, composers and publishers who are visiting the city to further their career, craft or business. The newly updated SOCAN House L.A. is a private apartment nestled in the beautiful city of Silverlake, only steps away from the famous Sunset Boulevard. If you’d like to book a stay at SOCAN House L.A. but aren't a member yet, it's easy to become one. To find out more about SOCAN House L.A. and how to book a room, please click on the links below. Please note that because of the increased demand at SOCAN House L.A., the “first-come, first-served” policy is no longer in effect. If more than one member requests the same week, applications will be reviewed and a member selected.

Paris House - Paris, France (Travel Advantage)

SOCAN is pleased to offer exclusive lodging in Paris to its author, composer and publisher members who are visiting for professional or artistic reasons. The SOCAN House in Paris is a private apartment in the 9th arrondissement, near the Pigalle metro station, just a stones throw from the legendary Moulin Rouge, La Cigale, Les Trois Baudets and “guitar street”.

Nashville House - Nashville, TN - USA (Travel Advantage)

SOCAN is pleased to provide access to free accommodations in Nashville, exclusively for SOCAN members who are visiting the city to further their songwriting career/craft. Nashville House is a private home that has made two rooms available to our visiting members. If you want to book a stay at Nashville House but aren't a member yet, it's easy to become one. To find out more about Nashville House and how to book a room, please select from the links below.

Song Camp Mondays

SOCAN Song Camp Mondays is about supporting the artistic development of Canada's music creators by connecting songwriters.

Once a month, three writer applicants will be selected to come in for a co-write session, held at both Toronto and Vancouver's SOCAN Sound Lounge. Participants for “Song Camp Mondays” are selected at random from all submissions, about two weeks before each session. If you’re selected, we’ll contact you at that time. Once your submission has been received, it will remain on file throughout the calendar year of 2018.

Budget Car and Truck (Travel Advantage)

Members of SOCAN can receive between 5 - 25% off the lowest available discountable time and mileage retail rate, at participating Budget locations in Canada and the US.* You can rent from Budget at over 1,100 locations in North America.

Some of the benefits of renting with Budget include:

  • Variety of vehicles from Compacts, SUVs, Vans and Trucks
  • 100% smoke-free fleet in Canada and the U.S.
  • where2TM GPS with Bluetooth® capability, available to rent with any vehicle+
  • Bypass the counter when you pick up your car rental with Budget Fastbreak® Service - enrollment is free!
  • Wide range of reliable trucks and moving supplies

Avis Rent-A-Car (Travel Advantage)

Members of SOCAN can receive between 5 - 25% off the lowest available discountable time and mileage retail rate, at participating Avis® locations worldwide.* Avis is available at over 4,700 locations in 171 countries, around the world. In addition to the discount and superior service provided by Avis, you can enjoy the following:

  • 100% smoke-free fleet in Canada and the U.S.
  • where2TM GPS with Bluetooth® capability, available to rent with any vehicle+
  • Complimentary membership in Avis Preferred® Service
  • Money saving coupon offers

MasterWriter songwriting software (Software Advantage)

SOCAN members receive a $20 discount on MasterWriter 2.0 songwriting software, a powerful suite of songwriting tools assembled in one program. MasterWriter is used by some of the world's leading songwriters, including Gwen Stefani, Rob Thomas, Jimmy Webb, Trent Reznor, Clint Black and many more.

Bandzoogle website builder (Software Advantage)

As a songwriter or musician, your website should be the hub of your online strategy. Using Bandzoogle’s system, you'll be able to create a full-service website yourself. There's no coding required and no software to download. You can choose from hundreds of layouts created by award-winning designers, or create your own from scratch in just a few clicks.

Berklee Online (Education Advantage)

Advance your career with Berklee Online, the award-winning online extension school of Berklee College of Music. Berklee Online has the world's largest collection of forward-thinking online music courses, multi-course certificate programs, and degree programs, covering all areas of music business, songwriting, music production, performance, orchestration, and beyond.

Canadian Musician (Publication Advantage)

SOCAN members are now eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on the current subscription offer to Canadian Musician magazine.

Canadian Musician is Canada's magazine for professional and amateur musicians. Published since 1979, CM covers prominent Canadian artists, the latest gear, technique and the business of music. Published bi-monthly, the magazine features regular columns on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds, Vocal, MIDI, Business, Songwriting, Live Sound, Recording and On-Line Music.

To take advantage of the discount, visit the Canadian Musician website , and use coupon code SOCAN at checkout.

Music Books Plus (Publication Advantage)

SOCAN members now get a 10% discount off the retail price on all items featured on the website of Music Books Plus, a great source for music and audio books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, software and sheet music.

The company carries more than 13,000 titles on Music Business, Songwriting, Arranging, Theory, Directories, Pro Audio, Video, Live Sound, Recording, Lighting, MIDI, Synthesizers, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Violin, Brass, Woodwinds, Harmonica, Voice, plus Biographies, Fake Books and Songbooks.

Music Books Plus offers worldwide shipping, and is now optimized for mobile browsers. When you visit www.musicbooksplus.com, use the coupon code SOCAN at checkout time and the discount will be automatically applied. Shipping, handling, and tax are extra. Orders can also be placed by phone at 1-800-265-8481, using the same discount code.

Musician's Money Book (Publication Advantage)

Musicians often struggle with the challenge of keeping track of all their receipts for road-related expenses and earnings. The Musician’s Money Book is designed to help. Instead of dealing with a mountain of paper at tax time, you can simply put all of those receipts (for gas, food, hotels, equipment rentals, etc.) inside the special pre-categorized envelopes, fill in the logs on the outside, seal them up and put them away until you need them. It’s a great way to see where your money came and went on the road, and to estimate costs for your next tour. The book comes with 18 pre-printed envelopes and a bonus 80-page book stuffed with real-world advice on a variety of music business subjects.

Order the book online and you'll get 25 percent off just for being a SOCAN member. To get the discount, enter promo code NY11 at checkout. If you're ordering in the U.S., you'll also get free shipping (via the least expensive shipping method).