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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.

Question

How do I copyright my work?

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Copyright is inherent upon the creation of a musical work, but there is actually only one way to officially “copyright” your works in Canada, and that’s through CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office).  Sending a copy to yourself is not “copyrighting” your works, but helps establish the date you claim the song came into existence.

Serena Ryder
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Serena Ryder

Full-throated singer-songwriter Serena Ryder has earned six JUNO Awards, and in 2014 she co-hosted the televised JUNO gala. SOCAN member Ryder was the first Canadian artist to top the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart, with “Stompa,” which also went Top 20 in Canada and the U.S., was featured in Grey's Anatomy, and sold platinum at home. Ryder has performed at the Luminato Festival, the Calgary Stampede, the NBA All Star game, and on The Tonight Show. She co-wrote and recorded “Together We Are One,” the official 2015 Pan Am Games theme, which also topped the aforementioned CBC chart. And she's won a Canadian Film Award and two SOCAN Pop/Rock Awards.