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New Talent

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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What does a music publisher do?

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The music publisher is the business partner in a musical composition. A good music publisher has the knowledge and contacts to promote a song or composition. Typically, a publisher enters into an agreement with the songwriter, whereby the songwriter assigns partial ownership and control of their songs to the publisher, in exchange for a percentage of the income derived from the exploitation of them. A reputable publisher never charges a fee for his/her service. To learn more, review SOCAN’s Publishing 101 in the Creators’ Toolbox.

Dan Boeckner
Member

Dan Boeckner

Indie-rock singer-songwriter Dan Boeckner never stands still: His relentless songwriting, recording and touring schedule rotates across an ever-changing list of projects. The SOCAN member formed Wolf Parade with Spencer Krug (on hiatus from 2010 to 2016, now back); Handsome Furs with his fiancée Alexei Perry (2005 to 2012, when both the couple and the band broke up); Divine Fits with Britt Daniel in 2011 (a one-off effort undertaken while Daniel was on break from his band Spoon); and Operators, whose 2016 album Blue Wave was a critical hit, even with a resurgent Wolf Parade touring again. Boeckner’s career is a searching, expansive and fruitful one.