Know your rights

A song becomes valuable the moment it’s created. If you write, create, compose or publish music and it’s used in any way, SOCAN can help you collect royalties for that work.
  • When your music is used including on TV, radio, streaming services, performed live or used as background music – or – when it is copied or reproduced on streaming services, as downloads, or on CD and vinyl records, royalties are owed to you.


    SOCAN has a team working for you that is uniquely equipped to collect and distribute the performance and reproduction royalties you have rightfully earned when your music is heard around the world.


    SOCAN works closely with music publishers, and if you have a publisher, we encourage you to have these very important rights conversations with them as they can provide additional insight, clarity, and value to your career.

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Member Portal

When you sign up with SOCAN, you receive access to the SOCAN Member Portals and personal member accounts. It’s important to safeguard this access by not sharing your credentials. If you want to provide access to business managers or other professionals on your team, we can help coordinate their unique access. Within your account, you can:
  • View earnings e-statements
  • Register and modify works
  • Submit live performances
  • Update profile and banking information
  • Access 24/7 from any device


Creative Services

The SOCAN Creative team supports the careers of our songwriter, screen composer and music publisher members across Canada and in major US music markets. They provide creative and business opportunities by supporting their craft development, providing information and education, and by providing networking opportunities to engage with fellow creators, music publishers and music business professionals.

With creative offices in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Los Angeles, they are focused on creating a community for our members and go to great lengths to connect with members and encourage their growth.

The SOCAN Creative team is the embodiment of the brand: Music.People.Connected.

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To receive concert royalties, you must complete and submit a Notification of Live Performance (NLMP) form, along with proof of your performance (e.g., a ticket stub, program book, contract, etc.). SOCAN Members have up to one year from the date of the performance to submit this information to SOCAN. Once we receive the license fee payment from the promoter and/or venue, you can expect to be paid through SOCAN’s quarterly distribution.
In Canada, you pay taxes only on income received in that time-period.
Visit the SOCAN Resource Centre for detailed information on how to submit your set list/concert notification.
The sooner we can identify what was performed, the sooner we can get the royalties to the right people. But we will not distribute or release any funds until we know where they should rightfully go. Visit the SOCAN Resource Centre for detailed information on how to submit your set list/concert notification.
You can register the song, indicating the division of ownership shares, and we’ll distribute your portion to you. Your co-writer will, unfortunately, not collect until they join SOCAN or an affiliated international performing rights society.
SOCAN collects license fees from businesses that use music in Canada. Revenues are also received from SOCAN’s international peers for the use of its members’ works around the world. All the royalties that we collect – less our operating costs – are passed on to our members and affiliated societies.
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.
Your membership will be renewed every two years automatically, unless you notify us in accordance with your agreement in writing that you wish to terminate your SOCAN membership.
There is no cost to become a SOCAN member.
SOCAN makes royalty payments of $0.25 or more to its members on a quarterly basis, beginning February 15 of each calendar year. Members earning less than $500 per distribution quarter will only be paid through direct deposit into their accounts. Members who earn more than $500 in a quarter have the option of receiving their earnings by direct deposit or cheque.
Tell us how you want the royalties allocated, and we’ll make sure the royalties are sent in the percentages you’ve agreed to.
Yes. SOCAN does offer advances to qualifying members upon request. Advances are based on a consideration of a member’s past earning history, and the confirmation of any significant amount of money expected to be earned in the very near future.
Your quarterly distribution statement includes information about the source of any domestic radio, television, internet, internet audio-visual, YouTube, and live (concert) music performance royalties as well as any international performance royalties.
No processing fees are charged on incoming money received from international societies.
SOCAN members do not pay GST/HST on their SOCAN royalties. SOCAN collects the GST/HST from the music users (licensees) and remits it directly to the government. Therefore, no GST/HST is either paid with or deducted from your quarterly royalties. SOCAN is registered under the Artist Representative (GST/HST) Regulations of the Excise Tax Act, which means it is in charge of collecting and remitting GST/HST to the government on behalf of our members. If you are questioned by Revenue Canada personnel, you should remind the representative of subsection 177(2) and the “Artists’ Representative (GST) Regulations” (SOR/91-25) of the Excise Tax Act. If you have any other tax related questions, we recommend that you consult an accountant.
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