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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.

To license your in-person live music event, click here.

Are you planning an online concert or virtual event?  Learn more on how to obtain your music license here.

Question

We already pay the performers. Why do we have to pay SOCAN?

A.

When you hire a band or a DJ, you’re paying for their services as performing artists, but not for the public performance of the music, that is, for the people who created the music being performed. Performing music and creating music are two separate types of creative work, and each deserves fair compensation, even in cases where the performers are also the creators of the works.

A Tribe Called Red
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A Tribe Called Red

Producer/DJ trio A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into both urban and contemporary Indigenous culture, straddling hip-hop, powwow drums and vocals, and electronic production. Through a positive attitude and tireless work ethic, their message has expanded globally, with tours in Australia, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. In 2014, this trio of SOCAN members became the first Indigenous artists to win Breakthrough Group of the Year at the JUNO Awards. They followed up in 2017 with the Producer of the year JUNO Award. ATCR was also long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in both 2012 and 2013, and short-listed in 2017.