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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

Which SOCAN license do I need to play music in my business?

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SOCAN has music licenses that cover almost every type of music use in business. Your business may need more than one license, depending on how you use music (i.e., one for background music, one for live music, etc.). Learn more about SOCAN licensing here.

Jessy Lanza
Member

Jessy Lanza

SOCAN member, singer-songwriter and producer Jessy Lanza has a unique take on R&B, laced with haunting high-register vocals. Lanza was listed as one of the best new artists of 2013 by XLR8R. In a review of her debut album, Pull My Hair Back, she was described by U.K. newspaper The Guardian as "the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls," and ranked No. 4 on Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Albums of 2013. Pull My Hair Back, which Lanza co-produced, was released in the U.K. as well as Canada, and was short-listed for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, as was her second album Oh No, in 2016.