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Advocacy

SOCAN fights for the legal, fair and ethical use of our members' music, and advocates for all of our members, whether songwriters, lyricists, concert music composers, film scorers, music publishers, or other types of music creators. SOCAN lobbies the federal government to ensure the most favourable possible conditions for our members, and especially to advocate for fair compensation for the use of their work. Similarly, SOCAN appears before the Copyright Board of Canada to pursue new tariffs for new uses of our members' music; to pursue better rates for our members on existing tariffs; to represent the rights of our members in hearings; or to oppose representations by those music user groups or organizations that we believe are not fairly compensating our members.

Serena Ryder
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Serena Ryder

Full-throated singer-songwriter Serena Ryder has earned six JUNO Awards, and in 2014 she co-hosted the televised JUNO gala. SOCAN member Ryder was the first Canadian artist to top the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart, with “Stompa,” which also went Top 20 in Canada and the U.S., was featured in Grey's Anatomy, and sold platinum at home. Ryder has performed at the Luminato Festival, the Calgary Stampede, the NBA All Star game, and on The Tonight Show. She co-wrote and recorded “Together We Are One,” the official 2015 Pan Am Games theme, which also topped the aforementioned CBC chart. And she's won a Canadian Film Award and two SOCAN Pop/Rock Awards.