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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

Why does SOCAN pay internet royalties only for works that receive 500 or more performances?

A.

Due to the vast number of performances processed and the distributable amounts of money, the value of a singular internet performance is estimated to be a fraction of a penny. Through thorough analysis of the available usage data and estimated pool amounts, SOCAN is able to derive that 500 performances would result in an earnings amount that is distributable. Therefore, performances are summarized so that 100 actual performances will be represented by one performance on statements, and we have set a minimum threshold of five summarized performances (representing 500 actual performances) for a payment to occur.

Klô Pelgag
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Klô Pelgag

Ever since she burst onto the scene, SOCAN member Klô Pelgag has been like a breath of fresh air in the Francophone musical landscape. The singer-songwriter creates a universe populated by songs, baroque and absurd, that charm and surprise. Her finely-crafted music shines a spotlight on Pelgag’s instinctive desire to confront her own ways. Both her albums, L’Alchimie des monstres (2013) and L’Étoile thoracique (2016), were critically acclaimed, and have won many awards: the ADISQ, Prix Barbara, Révélation Radio-Canada, Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre, Prix Félix Leclerc de la chanson, and the 2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for her song “Les ferrofluides-fleurs,” which she co-wrote with Karl Gagnon.