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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

Why does SOCAN pay internet royalties only for works that receive 500 or more performances?

A.

Due to the vast number of performances processed and the distributable amounts of money, the value of a singular internet performance is estimated to be a fraction of a penny. Through thorough analysis of the available usage data and estimated pool amounts, SOCAN is able to derive that 500 performances would result in an earnings amount that is distributable. Therefore, performances are summarized so that 100 actual performances will be represented by one performance on statements, and we have set a minimum threshold of five summarized performances (representing 500 actual performances) for a payment to occur.

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.