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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.

Dan Boeckner
Member

Dan Boeckner

Indie-rock singer-songwriter Dan Boeckner never stands still: His relentless songwriting, recording and touring schedule rotates across an ever-changing list of projects. The SOCAN member formed Wolf Parade with Spencer Krug (on hiatus from 2010 to 2016, now back); Handsome Furs with his fiancée Alexei Perry (2005 to 2012, when both the couple and the band broke up); Divine Fits with Britt Daniel in 2011 (a one-off effort undertaken while Daniel was on break from his band Spoon); and Operators, whose 2016 album Blue Wave was a critical hit, even with a resurgent Wolf Parade touring again. Boeckner’s career is a searching, expansive and fruitful one.