About - SOCAN

What we do

SOCAN is Canada’s largest member-based rights management organization.

We connect more than 4 million creators and publishers worldwide, ensuring they are paid for their work – the music we all enjoy.

We issue licenses for the public playing, performance, communication, and reproduction of music. The money collected from these licenses is distributed as royalties to the rights holders who have earned them in Canada and worldwide.


The SOCAN executive team and board of directors are dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths: music has value, and those who create and publish music deserve to receive their rightful earnings. As we blaze new trails during the fastest-changing time in our industry, their vision continues to provide SOCAN members with the support they need to pursue their passion.


SOCAN Awards

For more than 30 years, the annual SOCAN Awards have celebrated the achievements of Anglophone and Francophone songwriters, composers and music publishers.
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SOCAN Songwriting Prize

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize honours music created by emerging Canadian songwriters. Through public voting, English and French winners are declared, and each receives a $10,000 cash prize.
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SOCAN Foundation

Through grant and education programs, the SOCAN Foundation fosters, sustains and promotes the creation of Canadian music.
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Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame honours the incredible achievements of Canadian songwriters and those who have dedicated their lives to the legacy of music.
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Through innovation and progressive use of technology, SOCAN is a global leader in music rights management.

We are pushing boundaries and providing innovative solutions to many of music’s most complicated problems, and through the development of strategic partnerships, SOCAN is providing significant benefits to members.

In the future, the connection of music creation and music rights management will be seamless. Music creation tools and musician’s apps will talk directly to music rights management platforms like SOCAN and, as a result, you will be paid even faster and more accurately.

Data sharing; cutting edge products and services; integration of API solutions; and the true application of artificial intelligence for royalties identification, matching and distribution are allowing us to identify patterns and efficiencies, realizing the promise of the interconnectivity between music and technology.

Meaningful innovation is integral to the success of our members and our current ability and expanding potential to reimagine the music-technology ecosystem will ensure members continue to see more of the royalties they’ve earned.


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Are you the next SOCAN Rockstar?

SOCAN employees are a team dedicated to supporting the national and global music ecosystem with innovation, commitment and desire in an ever-changing music and business landscape.

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