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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

How do I copyright my work?

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Copyright is inherent upon the creation of a musical work, but there is actually only one way to officially “copyright” your works in Canada, and that’s through CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office).  Sending a copy to yourself is not “copyrighting” your works, but helps establish the date you claim the song came into existence.

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.