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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.

Tegan and Sara
Member

Tegan and Sara

Propelled by the conviction of re-invention, in their celebrated 20-year career Tegan and Sara have gone from indie darlings to full-blown pop stars, balancing critical acclaim with mainstream ambition. They've performed alongside both Neil Young and Taylor Swift, and played both Coachella and The Academy Awards. The twin sister SOCAN members have sold more than a million albums, received seven gold sales certifications and one double-platinum, earned three JUNO Awards, two Polaris Prize nominations, and one Grammy nomination. These beloved SOCAN members have given their devoted audience the gift of a front-row seat to their lifelong process of evolution.