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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 already paid for the music (i.e., purchased a CD or download), so why do I need a SOCAN license?

A.

When you buy a CD, or download music from a legal site, you gain the right to play music in private, but not in public. A SOCAN license allows you to perform that music in public.

Tanya Tagaq
Member

Tanya Tagaq

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq pants, grunts, howls and growls wordless expressions of intense emotion, from whispers to screams. It's a sound that combines heavy metal intensity, improv jazz risk, and the weight of Indigenous history. The critical success of her 2014 Animism album catapulted SOCAN member Tagaq into the mainstream, as it won not only a JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, but also the annual Polaris Music Prize as the best album in Canada. In 2016, Tagaq was even inducted into the Order of Canada. As her vision grows more expansive, 2016's Retribution has cemented her reputation as a pure, innovative and activist artist.