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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.


What is a SOCAN license?


A SOCAN license gives your business or organization, the freedom and flexibility to use virtually any music you want – legally, ethically, and easily. Without SOCAN, you would have to get permission and negotiate a royalty with every songwriter, lyricist, and music publisher whose work you intend to play, or to have publicly performed. Instead, SOCAN simplifies the process by allowing businesses to pay a relatively small fee, often once a year to play all the music their customers enjoy hearing. These fees are then distributed as royalties to music creators in Canada and around the world, through reciprocal agreements with similar music rights organizations in other countries. To learn more about our Licensed To Play program, visit our Music Users page.

Charlotte Cardin

Charlotte Cardin

Charlotte Cardin is a pop, electro and jazz singer-songwriter from Montréal. A former teen model, she was a top four finalist on the first season of La Voix (the Québec franchised of The Voice TV show), where she sang for more than two million viewers every week. In 2016 she released her solo debut EP, Big Boy, which featured songs in both English and French. She was a short-listed as a SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalist on the French side for her song “Les échardes,” and the title track charted on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20. One of Spotify Canada’s “Artists to Watch in 2016,” she also won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the SOCAN Montréal Gala in 2017. This SOCAN member clearly has the talent, the voice, the charm and the bona fide potential for a huge international career.