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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

How are license fees and rates determined?

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SOCAN license fees are set by the Copyright Board of Canada, an independent body appointed by the federal government. SOCAN tariffs and the associated fees take into consideration the value of music to a business. If music is integral to your business and/or event (i.e., a dance club, or a concert venue), then it's worth more to your business. The rates that are set by the Copyright Board of Canada reflect this value. Each year SOCAN files proposed tariffs with the Copyright Board. Interested parties are then permitted to submit objections to SOCAN's proposals within a limited time. If an objection or concern is raised concerning a tariff, the Copyright Board may hold a hearing. After hearings are completed and amendments are made, the Copyright Board publishes the approved tariffs in the Canada Gazette.

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.