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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

I rent my venue to promoters. Shouldn’t they be responsible for paying the SOCAN fee?

A.

Both the owner of the venue and the promoter can be held responsible for the unlicensed performance.

The Weeknd
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The Weeknd

The Weeknd's speedy rise to world pop domination has been extraordinary. One of SOCAN's most celebrated songwriters, he’s been nominated for an Academy Award, and won two Grammies and nine JUNOs. The Weeknd began completely anonymously in 2011, breaking out with three download-only mixtapes of dark, moody R&B. His Beauty Behind the Madness album has sold more than three million units in America alone, where three of its singles have each sold multi-platinum. The title-track lead single from his current album Starboy was streamed 17 million times globally in its opening weekend, , and his April 2018 album My Dear Melancholy, was his third to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. charts.