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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

I had a performance on a census station, but I didn’t get paid for it. What happened?

A.

A song must be registered with both SOCAN and BDS in order to be paid in the current distribution. A song identified in the performance data provided by BDS that has not been registered with SOCAN will be categorized as “unidentified” until it is identified, at which time payment will be processed. Although BDS has a very high rate of song identification (96 percent), there are cases where a song is not initially identified in the performance data. BDS then reviews approximately two weeks’ worth of radio tapes, and checks back with various stations, in an effort to identify as many additional works as possible.

Les Hay Babies
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Les Hay Babies

Les Hay Babies is an indie-folk trio comprised of three women with colourful personalities and an engaging live show. Hailing from various small-town, Acadian corners of New Brunswick, SOCAN members Katrine Noël, Vivianne Roy and Julie Aubé blend their different accents to create a unique musical approach. Their music is stomping, stormy, harmony-heavy folk with elements of dream-pop, country noir and playful nods to ’60s rock. After performing at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France, Les Hay Babies were described as “an instant hit in Europe,” which led to at least six tours there, encompassing Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium. In 2013, Les Hay Babies won the Francouvertes competition.