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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

What happens to the license fees my business pays to SOCAN?

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SOCAN is a member-based, not-for-profit organization. All the royalties that we collect – less operating costs– are passed on to our members, and members of SOCAN’s affiliated international societies, who create the music that you use in your business and at your events.

Les Hay Babies
Member

Les Hay Babies

Les Hay Babies is an indie-folk trio comprised of three women with colourful personalities and an engaging live show. Hailing from various small-town, Acadian corners of New Brunswick, SOCAN members Katrine Noël, Vivianne Roy and Julie Aubé blend their different accents to create a unique musical approach. Their music is stomping, stormy, harmony-heavy folk with elements of dream-pop, country noir and playful nods to ’60s rock. After performing at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France, Les Hay Babies were described as “an instant hit in Europe,” which led to at least six tours there, encompassing Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium. In 2013, Les Hay Babies won the Francouvertes competition.