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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 or 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.

Cue Sheet: A document that itemizes music used in a television or film production by title, composer, publisher, duration and type of music usage (e.g., background, feature, and theme). The cue sheet is normally prepared by the producer of the television or film production. Learn how to submit an audiovisual cue sheet.
July Talk
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July Talk

The push and pull between July Talk’s gravel-voiced Peter Dreimanis and his fellow front-person Leah Fay fuels July Talk’s unique indie rock. In both 2015 and 2017, the band won JUNO Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, and both recordings went gold in Canada. With incendiary live shows, this band of SOCAN members has won devoted fans touring worldwide, playing top festivals like WayHome and Osheaga. Their 2016 album Touch was released in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, while “Push + Pull,” the album’s first single, held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian Alternative Radio charts for more than 12 weeks.