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Silence isn’t golden, it’s awkward. Imagine a bar or restaurant without music; you’re left with the aggravating sounds of clinking tableware, clanking pots and pans, and dishes being swept into bins by wait staff. What about a retail store without music? Boring at best. It’s a fact: Music helps business succeed. It creates an overall positive customer experience, with the potential to keep customers in the store longer so that they can spend more, eat more, and drink more. The money paid to play that music, through SOCAN licenses, is used to compensate music creators, whose music is used to make your business better and more successful. Join SOCAN to start using music in your business, legally and ethically, and support songwriters, composers and music publishers that create and nurture it.

Question

When is a performance a grand right versus a small right?

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SOCAN represents the "small" performing rights in songs and compositions. When they’re used in theatrical shows and/or operas that combine the music with staging, dialogue, and costuming, it’s referred to as a "grand" right. Anne of Green Gables by Norman Campbell, and The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, are both productions which have "grand" rights. To obtain a grand right license, you must contact the publisher of the songs and compositions.

Mychael Danna
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Mychael Danna

SOCAN member Mychael Danna, one of SOCAN‘s most successful #ComposersWhoScore, has won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the hit movie Life of Pi, and an Emmy Award for the mini-series World Without End. Danna, a highly-decorated film & TV composer, has also earned 11 SOCAN Awards over the years, for his work on such films as Fracture, Where the Truth Lies, and Chloe. As well, Mychael Danna – who sometimes works with his film composer brother Jeff Danna – has also created, or helped create, the music for such critically acclaimed and commercially successful films as Little Miss Sunshine, Capote and Moneyball.