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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.

Serena Ryder
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Serena Ryder

Full-throated singer-songwriter Serena Ryder has earned six JUNO Awards, and in 2014 she co-hosted the televised JUNO gala. SOCAN member Ryder was the first Canadian artist to top the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart, with “Stompa,” which also went Top 20 in Canada and the U.S., was featured in Grey's Anatomy, and sold platinum at home. Ryder has performed at the Luminato Festival, the Calgary Stampede, the NBA All Star game, and on The Tonight Show. She co-wrote and recorded “Together We Are One,” the official 2015 Pan Am Games theme, which also topped the aforementioned CBC chart. And she's won a Canadian Film Award and two SOCAN Pop/Rock Awards.