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Event Producers

As a concert promoter, booker or event producer arranging for live music to be played in whatever venue you may rent or own to house your event, you need to obtain the necessary license from SOCAN to be able to play that music legally and ethically. Anything from an outdoor music festival, to a club or bar performance requires a SOCAN license to ensure that those who wrote and published the music are compensated for their work. As the promoter, booker or producer of a live music event, becoming Licensed To Play with SOCAN ensures that you’re doing the right thing and getting music creators paid when their music is performed at your event.

Question

If I don't use Canadian-made music, do I still have to get a SOCAN license?

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Yes. A SOCAN license gives you permission to use copyright-protected musical works of SOCAN members as well as members of affiliated international performing rights societies from around the world. Through agreements with international performing rights organizations, SOCAN issues licenses for virtually all music used in public by businesses in Canada. SOCAN then transfers the corresponding monies to the appropriate society, and vice versa.

July Talk
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July Talk

The push and pull between July Talk’s gravel-voiced Peter Dreimanis and his fellow front-person Leah Fay fuels July Talk’s unique indie rock. In both 2015 and 2017, the band won JUNO Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, and both recordings went gold in Canada. With incendiary live shows, this band of SOCAN members has won devoted fans touring worldwide, playing top festivals like WayHome and Osheaga. Their 2016 album Touch was released in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, while “Push + Pull,” the album’s first single, held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian Alternative Radio charts for more than 12 weeks.