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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

How far back can I claim royalties?

A.

This depends on the policies of the PRO in the territory of use. However, three years is the standard set by CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers). The sooner you notify SOCAN of a potentially missed payment, the better the chances are that we can recover those royalties for you.

Ariane Moffatt
Member

Ariane Moffatt

Ever since her first album, Aquanaute (2002), SOCAN member Ariane Moffatt has been at the front and centre of contemporary Francophone music, and she’s been recognized over and over with numerous awards. Le cœur dans la tête (2005) saw her explore new sonic avenues. She followed that one up with Tous les sens (2008), a perfect brew of grooves and choruses that captured the public imagination. In 2013, she received the Fight Homophobia Award from then Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois. Three years after MA (2012), a bilingual album, Moffatt launched 10:22 pm, a dream-pop album whose commercial success on the radio earned her the Songwriter of the Year Award at the 2016 SOCAN Gala in Montréal.