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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.

Boi-1da
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Boi-1da

Boi-1da (a.k.a. Matthew Samuels) is a rap producer who started by winning three consecutive awards in Battle of the Beatmakers, then – along with Noah “40” Shebib – became a key member of Drake’s production team. In addition to his extensive work for Drake, Boi-1da has co-written and/or produced songs for Eminem, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and Chris Brown, among others. He’s earned eight Grammy nominations, and a 2015 SOCAN Pop/Rock Award for his work co-writing Down With Webster's “Chills.” The Jamaican-born, Toronto-based SOCAN member also helped bring a Caribbean influence to Drake on his 2016 Views album.