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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

I had a performance on a census station, but I didn’t get paid for it. What happened?

A.

A song must be registered with both SOCAN and BDS in order to be paid in the current distribution. A song identified in the performance data provided by BDS that has not been registered with SOCAN will be categorized as “unidentified” until it is identified, at which time payment will be processed. Although BDS has a very high rate of song identification (96 percent), there are cases where a song is not initially identified in the performance data. BDS then reviews approximately two weeks’ worth of radio tapes, and checks back with various stations, in an effort to identify as many additional works as possible.

Grimes
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Grimes

In 2015 year-end “Best-Of” lists, SOCAN member Grimes was in the top three in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, and The New York Times, among others. A fiercely independent artist, Grimes has achieved such success without compromise. She writes, records and produces all of her own music, which ranges from the sweetest radio pop, to industrial bombast, to cranking electro beats. She designs her own album art, directs her own videos, and has created her own perfume. Equally at home at Comic-Con or on a modelling runway, this DIY renaissance woman has become the patron saint of millennials worldwide.