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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.

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What is SOCAN?

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SOCAN is a not-for-profit music rights organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide, and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data, as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value, and that music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

Karim Ouellet
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Karim Ouellet

A great deal has happened since the release of SOCAN member Karim Ouellet’s first album, FOX and its subsequent win for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNO Awards. Born in Dakar, and a proud resident of Québec, where he grew up, Ouellet offers a unique brand of pop tinged with soul, reggae, rock, and electronic music that he delivers with an almost nonchalant grace. The singer-songwriter quickly carved a niche for himself on Québec radio, and he’s amassed No. 1s and Popular Music SOCAN Awards at the Montréal Gala. With more than 200 shows under his belt already, all over the Francophone world, he’s become a master at expressing amorous feelings through silky-smooth pop songs.