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Songwriters

When your songs are played, by various businesses, around the world – whether live in concert (by you or anyone else), on the radio, online, on TV, in movies, in bars and restaurants, night clubs, arenas, etc. – SOCAN collects the money that’s owed for those performances and distributes it to you as royalties. SOCAN also educates, advises and mentors our songwriters on the craft and business of music. We advocate and lobby government on your behalf to ensure that your copyright is respected, and that you’re appropriately remunerated for the use of your work. We also tell your stories and celebrate your successes in our various SOCAN media platforms. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your songs, it’s our business to take care of you. We’ve got your back.

Music Publisher: 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.
Alex Cuba
Member

Alex Cuba

Born in Artemisa, Cuba, and now based in Smithers, BC, Alex Cuba has won two SOCAN Awards, four Latin Grammys, two JUNOs, and has been nominated for two Grammys. In 2016, SOCAN member Cuba performed as part of the national Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He's worked with Ron Sexsmith, Nelly Furtado, David Myles, Jim Cuddy, and Alejandra Ribera, among many others. As Cuba performs in Spanish, English and French, his sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs defy the traditional conventions of the Latin music landscape in favour of his own unique brand of Hispanic soul music.