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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.

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.

Brett Kissel
Member

Brett Kissel

Since earning the JUNO Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award in 2014, and a SOCAN Country Music Award in 2015 for “3 2 1,” Kissel has played on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; performed on the televised JUNO Awards show; saw “Airwaves,” become his first No. 1 song at country radio, while the music video topped of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown; earned three 2016 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) honours, including the Fan Choice Award; and opened three shows for Garth Brooks. Kissel has also co-written with such professional songwriters as Craig Wiseman (Kenny Chesney, Three Days Grace), Tim Nichols (Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw), and Jason Matthews (Luke Bryan).