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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.

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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.

F__ked Up
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F__ked Up

F__ked Up is a hardcore punk band from Toronto that won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for the album The Chemistry of Common Life, and earned a short-list nomination for the prize again in 2012. The nomination described David Comes to Life as follows: “Excessive? Sure. Ridiculous? At times. Brilliant? Sounds pretty damn close to it.” Spin magazine named David Comes to Life its No. 1 Album of 2011, and put the band on the cover. The group of SOCAN members has remained a punk band even as they've achieved magazine covers, shared stadium stages with Foo Fighters, maintained a career, and created families to support.