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Composers

If you’re a composer whose music has been performed, you should join SOCAN in order to claim the money that you’ve earned in royalties for the use of that music. If you’re an screen composer whose scores are performed in movies or on TV, SOCAN obtains information related to those performances globally, collects the money that’s owed for them, and distributes it to you as royalties. If you’re a new classical composer whose symphonies, operas, suites, chamber music, choral work, or other pieces have been performed in SOCAN-licensed concert halls, auditoriums, conservatories or other venues, SOCAN similarly collects your royalties and pays them to you. We also lobby government to ensure that your copyright is respected, and that you’re appropriately remunerated for the use of your work. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your work, it’s our business to take care of you.

Question

How do I obtain permission to sample a song?

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Using any samples without permission of the original copyright owner may constitute copyright infringement. In that case, both the copyright owner of the recording of the song or composition, and the copyright owner of the song or composition itself, must grant permission.

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.