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Broadcasters

Whether you broadcast a TV or cable TV show that includes music in some of the programming, or operate a terrestrial, satellite or online radio station that broadcasts music, getting Licensed To Play by SOCAN means that the people who created that music are compensated for your use of their work. You’re also making sure that the music used to build your viewership or listenership is used fairly, legally and ethically. The license fees that broadcasters pay to SOCAN for the public performance of music – whether via cue sheets for individual music performances or blanket licenses for all music performances within a given time period – compensate songwriters, composers and music publishers that make up SOCAN.

Question

If I don't use Canadian-made music, do I still have to get a SOCAN license?

A.

Yes. A SOCAN license gives you permission to use copyright-protected musical works of SOCAN members as well as members of affiliated international performing rights societies from around the world. Through agreements with international performing rights organizations, SOCAN issues licenses for virtually all music used in public by businesses in Canada. SOCAN then transfers the corresponding monies to the appropriate society, and vice versa.

Nineteen85
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Nineteen85

From 2014 to 2016, Nineteen85 (a.k.a. Paul Jefferies) was one of the most successful producers on the planet. In those two years, he earned four SOCAN Awards for his co-writes with Drake, which he also co-produced. The SOCAN member helped create many of Drake’s phenomenal global smash hits, including “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance,” “Hold On, We're Going Home,” “Too Good” (by Drake, featuring Rihanna), and “Truffle Butter” (by Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake and Lil Wayne). He also founded the R&B duo DVSN with singer Daniel Daley. Nineteen85 has been nominated for three Grammys, and co-wrote/co-produced “Get it Together” and “Madiba Riddim” for Drake's 2017 playlist More Life.