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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

Are there any tax implications for me if the concert occurred a few years ago and I’m being paid now?

A.

In Canada, you pay taxes only on income received in that time-period.

Jazz Cartier
Member

Jazz Cartier

Jazz Cartier songs offer complex explorations of relationships, self-determination, and the pitfalls of pursuing one’s art. SOCAN member Cartier has twice been a long-listed nominee for the Polaris Music Prize, in 2015 for Marauding in Paradise and 2016 for Hotel Paranoia. Starting out in Toronto, he quickly attracted attention, and his song “Switch” was regularly played at Toronto Raptors games. In 2016, Cartier performed at the Osheaga Festival, and his “Dead or Alive” was a short-listed nominee for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize. Hotel Paranoia won Rap Recording of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards, after which he signed an major-label American deal with Capitol Records.