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Publishers

If songs are the fuel of the music industry, then publishers are the vehicles these musical works travel through. As you, our SOCAN-affiliated publishers, work to achieve performances of the songs and compositions in your catalogues, we obtain information on those plays throughout the world. When they’re played, by various businesses around the world, SOCAN receives information related to the performances and collects the money that’s owed to you. We also advocate and lobby government so that the copyrighted works in your repertoire are protected by tariffs and more favourable laws. All of this is to make sure that you’re fairly compensated for the use of your music. At SOCAN, we strengthen your business by supporting your songwriters and composers because when we foster their creativity and development, it creates better results for everyone. When it comes to getting paid for performances, it’s SOCAN’s business to take care of you and your songwriters.

Question

How accurate is the information that BDS supplies?

A.

BDS encodes (or “fingerprints”) songs received from radio stations, record labels, managers, publishers, songwriters, etc. BDS identifies approximately 96 percent of the songs aired on applicable stations. That information is 100 percent accurate.

Mychael Danna
Member

Mychael Danna

SOCAN member Mychael Danna, one of SOCAN‘s most successful #ComposersWhoScore, has won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the hit movie Life of Pi, and an Emmy Award for the mini-series World Without End. Danna, a highly-decorated film & TV composer, has also earned 11 SOCAN Awards over the years, for his work on such films as Fracture, Where the Truth Lies, and Chloe. As well, Mychael Danna – who sometimes works with his film composer brother Jeff Danna – has also created, or helped create, the music for such critically acclaimed and commercially successful films as Little Miss Sunshine, Capote and Moneyball.