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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

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.

Stephan Moccio
Member

Stephan Moccio

SOCAN member Stephan Moccio co-writes global hit songs. He co-wrote Céline Dion’s “A New Day Has Come,” which topped the Hot AC charts for 21 weeks; “I Believe,” the official theme of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games; Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” which has sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone, and has gone gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in 14 countries worldwide; and The Weeknd’s “Earned It” – the end credit song for Fifty Shades of Grey – which earned an Oscar nomination, a Grammy win, and went platinum or multi-platinum in a dozen countries. Moccio is currently composing movie soundtracks in the upper echelons of Hollywood.