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Rights Management

SOCAN administers and protects the performing and reproduction rights of more than 150,000 songwriters, music publishers, composers, and visual artists. We offer an integrated approach to rights management and compelling solutions for our rights holders’ reproduction and performing rights. Through reciprocal agreements with more than 100 copyright collectives in 214 countries, we collect and distribute royalties internationally for the use of copyrighted works, connecting millions of creators worldwide.

Performing Rights

The performing right is the right to perform a song or composition in public – such as in a live concert, background music, a radio or TV broadcast, a streaming playlist at a bar, or any other type of public performance. The performing right gives copyright owners of songs the sole right to perform, or authorize the performance in public, of their songs. SOCAN administers these performing rights on behalf of its members by collecting and distributing royalties when songs are publicly performed.

To have SOCAN manage your performing rights, sign up here.

Reproduction Rights

Music

The reproduction right gives rights holders of a song the sole right to authorize the reproduction of their work on various media, including CDs, records, and digital media. SOCAN administers these reproduction rights on behalf of the rights holders we represent by issuing licenses for the reproduction to such organizations as music labels and digital service providers.

Visual Arts and Crafts

The Canadian Copyright Act gives creators and rights holders of artistic works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, architectural works, engraving, photographs, the sole right to authorize their use, whether it be for their presentation at a public exhibition, for their reproduction on various analog or digital medias (cards, posters, books, derivative products, etc.), or for their public communication (websites, social medias, TV shows, films, etc.).

SOCAN administers all these copyrights on behalf of its visual arts and crafts members by issuing licenses for the use of their works.

To learn more about rights of use of artistic works, visit our Reproduction Rights Services page.

Publishing administration: A third-party publisher that – for a fixed term –controls all licensing and the collection of publishing revenue streams on behalf of a composer or copyright owner.
Brett Kissel
Member

Brett Kissel

Since earning the JUNO Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award in 2014, and a SOCAN Country Music Award in 2015 for “3 2 1,” Kissel has played on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; performed on the televised JUNO Awards show; saw “Airwaves,” become his first No. 1 song at country radio, while the music video topped of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown; earned three 2016 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) honours, including the Fan Choice Award; and opened three shows for Garth Brooks. Kissel has also co-written with such professional songwriters as Craig Wiseman (Kenny Chesney, Three Days Grace), Tim Nichols (Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw), and Jason Matthews (Luke Bryan).