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When your songs are played, by various businesses, around the world – whether live in concert (by you or anyone else), on the radio, online, on TV, in movies, in bars, restaurants, cafés, night clubs, etc. – SOCAN collects the money that’s owed for those performances and distributes it to you as royalties. Part of SOCAN’s mission is to educate, advise and mentor emerging songwriters like you about the craft and business of music. We also tell the stories, and celebrate the successes, of emerging songwriters like you in our various SOCAN media platforms. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your songs, it’s our business to take care of you. We’ve got your back.

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I think my event might qualify for a charitable exemption. What is my next step?

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Section 32.2(3) of the Copyright Act allows for exemption from SOCAN license fees in the case where there is a performance in public of a musical work in furtherance of religious, educational or charitable objectives. Only performances by religious, charitable or fraternal organizations and educational institutions are eligible. For more information, see Examples of performances that would qualify for an exemption and complete the charitable exemption questionnaire.  If you have any further questions about SOCAN licensing, please contact us.

Tanya Tagaq
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Tanya Tagaq

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq pants, grunts, howls and growls wordless expressions of intense emotion, from whispers to screams. It's a sound that combines heavy metal intensity, improv jazz risk, and the weight of Indigenous history. The critical success of her 2014 Animism album catapulted SOCAN member Tagaq into the mainstream, as it won not only a JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, but also the annual Polaris Music Prize as the best album in Canada. In 2016, Tagaq was even inducted into the Order of Canada. As her vision grows more expansive, 2016's Retribution has cemented her reputation as a pure, innovative and activist artist.