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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.

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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.

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DVBBS

DVBBS (pronounced "dubs") are an electronic dance music duo composed of brothers Chris Chronicles and Alex Andre (both of whose true family name is van den Hoef). They had a huge global hit with Borgeous, “Tsunami,” which reached No. 1 on the Beatport Chart, topped charts in Belgium and The Netherlands, and went Top 10 in Sweden, France and Denmark. A vocal remix of the song, “Tsunami (Jump),” featuring Tinie Tempah, reached No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The SOCAN member duo has been ranked No.16 in the world by DJ Magazine, and they’ve performed worldwide, with the likes of Tiësto, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake, and many others.