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Steven Ambers Joins SOCAN

Toronto — SOCAN has again strengthened its international team with the appointment of Steven Ambers as Director, International Business Development & Compliance.

Reporting to Chief Operating Officer Jeff King, Ambers will work from SOCAN’s Los Angeles premises and will conduct royalty reviews of international music rights organizations; foster US publisher and key influencer relations; and support strategic investment opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions.

Catharine Saxberg, Vice-President, International Relations will work in tandem with Steven Ambers in the ongoing execution of SOCAN’s strategic objectives internationally, an area of SOCAN under Saxberg’s guidance over the last three years that has grown substantially. In 2016, royalties identified, collected and distributed from non-Canadian sources exceeded $67-million, a 30 per cent increase since 2013.

“I was drawn to work with SOCAN largely because of the organization’s progressive thinking and rapidly growing international leadership,” Ambers said. “Unlike other North American performing rights organizations, SOCAN is able to expand into other areas, unencumbered by US consent decrees and other roadblocks to success.”

“Steven Ambers on the SOCAN team positions us to take even more large steps ahead,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “The high regard that he carries in the United States and internationally is due to his truly spectacular career working for the rights of intellectual property holders, including some of the greatest artists in the world. I am certain that he will make a major positive difference to SOCAN as we work to lead the global transformation of music rights.”

Ambers’ career in music licensing and royalty compliance services spans more than 20 years, working worldwide for licensors of intellectual property, films, franchises and music recordings. Most recently he was Managing Director, Royalties at GSO Business Management, and before that owner of the Royalty Review Council, which he co-founded. Ambers also was with the accounting firms Moss Adams and the PWC- owned Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman. He holds a BSc from the University of Southern California and became a CPA in 1996.

Steven Ambers joins SOCAN officially on June 1, 2017.

About SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

Media contacts:
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, Andrew.Berthoff@socan.com

Toronto’s Trinity / Little Portugal: Canada’s Music Creator Growth Centre

Toronto – SOCAN has crunched creator numbers once again to understand better where and how music is being made in Canada, revealing that more new music-makers reside in the Trinity / Little Portugal area of Toronto than in any other neighbourhood in Canada. This diverse and culturally-rich neighborhood in Toronto’s south-western quadrant is a hub of creative musical talent, live music venues, and businesses using music to their advantage.

Similarly, more new music-makers reside in the Rosemont area of Montréal than in any other neighbourhood in Quebec, and more reside in the North Grandview-Woodland area of Vancouver than in any other neighbourhood in British Columbia.

Toronto Creator Growth Centres

Canada’s Music Creator Growth Centre was uncovered by analyzing the number of songwriters, composers and music publishers who became SOCAN members in the last calendar year in all Canadian areas with populations of more than 20,000. Toronto neighbourhoods took four of the top 10 spots on the list, with both Vancouver and Montréal hubs comprising the balance.

Montreal Creator Growth Centres

“We’re not surprised to see that neighbourhoods with thriving arts communities, live music venues, and other elements of Canada’s music ecosystem are showing the greatest growth,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Whether the neighbourhood attracts the music creators and publishers, or the music creators and publishers build the neighbourhood is unclear, but it’s definitely a symbiotic relationship. Music plays a major part in making these places the vibrant and cool communities that they are. Congratulations to Toronto’s Trinity / Little Portugal on being Canada’s top Music Creator Growth Centre!”

Vancouver Creator Growth Centres

SOCAN’s top 10 Music Creator Growth Centres in Canada:

  1. Trinity / Little Portugal, Toronto (postal code prefix M6J)
  2. Christie, Toronto (M6G)
  3. Rosemont, Montréal (H1Y)
  4. Brockton / Parkdale Village / Exhibition Place, Toronto (M6K)
  5. Centre-Sud, Montréal (H2K)
  6. North Grandview-Woodland, Vancouver (V5L)
  7. Dufferin / Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H)
  8. Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal (H2J)
  9. Outremont, Montréal (H2V)
  10. Petite-Patrie Southwest, Montréal (H2S)

SOCAN also determined the most successful songwriting and composing region in each province and territory:

  1. Alberta, Bridgeland/ Greenview/ Zoo/ YYC, Calgary (T2E)
  2. British Columbia, North Grandview- Woodland, Vancouver (V5L)
  3. Manitoba, River Heights East, Winnipeg (R3L)
  4. New Brunswick, Caraquet (E1W)
  5. Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s (Central) (A1E)
  6. Northwest Territories & Nunavut, Yellowknife (X1A)
  7. Nova Scotia, Southwest Mainland (B0W)
  8. Ontario, Trinity / Little Portugal, Toronto (M6J)
  9. Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown (South East) (C1A)
  10. Quebec, Rosemont, Montréal (H1Y)
  11. Saskatchewan, Regina South (S4S)
  12. Yukon, Whitehorse (Y1A)

This is the second year that SOCAN has, through its data, recognized the importance and value of music creator neighbourhoods and the role that they play in the lives of musicians and composers.

In 2016 SOCAN identified the neighbourhoods in Canada with the highest number of successful music creators per capita, based on average royalties earned in the calendar year, with Montréal’s Mile End emerging as the winner.

About SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

For more information, please contact:
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): Eric McLean, (416) 969-2756, emclean@environicspr.com
SOCAN: Nicole Van Severen, (416) 445.8700 ex. 3460, nicole.vanseveren@socan.com

SOCAN and SODRAC Seeking Integrated Management of Music Rights in Canada

Montréal and Toronto – SOCAN and SODRAC today announced that the two organizations are actively discussing the possibility of combining operations with the aim of creating an integrated approach to the management of both performing rights and reproduction rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

This initiative by SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada) and SODRAC (Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada) is a proactive response to the transformation of the markets and modes of consumption of music.

The integration of the management of public performance rights and reproduction rights could have many advantages and would reduce operating costs for rights holder members of each organization, and promises to increase efficiencies, leverage licensing relationships, and reduce operating costs, resulting in even more money to go to those who have earned royalties for their music and streamlined licensing for businesses using music.

For the time being, the talks are productive and suggest that, subject to the approval of both boards, an agreement could be reached in the near future.

About SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

About SODRAC
SODRAC is a collective management society with more than 9,000 Canadian authors, composers and publishers of musical works as members, and is the exclusive representative in Canada of the music repertoire of more than 100 countries or territories. SODRAC also represents in Canada the rights of more than 600 members in visual arts and crafts and nearly 40,000 artists from around the world. SODRAC facilitates access to and use of its repertoire on all platforms in order to fairly reward the work of its members, authors, composers and music publishers.

Media contacts:
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca
SODRAC:
Éric Trudel, (514) 845-3268, ext. 223, etrudel@sodrac.ca

Audiam + SOCAN provide new YouTube service to get music creators and publishers their portion of millions of dollars of earned but unpaid U.S. YouTube royalties

Toronto and New York – SOCAN and Audiam are working together to ensure that all songwriters, composers and music publishers receive their portion of the millions of dollars of unpaid YouTube royalties generated in the U.S., that they’ve rightfully earned from the use of their music in YouTube videos.

From March 1 until May 31, 2017, YouTube is opening a claim process whereby eligible entities can participate in a “Liquidation Agreement.” These entities can identify compositions that have earned synchronization royalties in YouTube from U.S. views between August 2012 and December 2015, and add missing information triggering the release and payment of the royalties.

The right of synchronization is the right to synchronize lyrics and melody to a moving image, such as a YouTube video. The royalties, currently held by YouTube in an escrow account, were generated from the share of paid advertising revenues from views of YouTube videos in the U.S. between August 1, 2012, and December 31, 2015.

One of the rights in YouTube videos is the “performing right” (the public use of music).  Another right is the synchronization right. SOCAN looks after performing right and New York-based Audiam makes it possible for music rights holders to be paid for their identified synchronization royalties on YouTube. Audiam is wholly owned by SOCAN.

Claims Window Closing Fast

Through its agreement, YouTube has designated only three months to make claims on royalties. The process is open to all songwriters and music publishers who control the administration of the synchronization right in the US.

During this time, music rights holders can either affiliate with Audiam, which will do the work for them, or directly opt-in to the YouTube Liquidation Agreement to make claims, which must be completed by the end of February 2017. To make claims directly, rights holders must have exclusive control of their U.S. administrative synchronization rights to the composition(s) for YouTube.

As an added incentive, after May 31, 2017, any unclaimed royalties from the pool will be distributed by YouTube to participants based on market share data. For example, if $1,000,000 in royalties are not paid out due to missing information, and that information is not entered into the YouTube system by May 31, 2017, then the $1,000,000 is split between all of the other entities participating in the Liquidation Agreement.

Music creators and publishers should join Audiam to facilitate the collection and distribution of their YouTube royalties. Becoming an Audiam client is free, and an administration fee of 25 percent is applied to distributed royalties. SOCAN members are eligible to receive a special administrative fee of 20 percent.

Using its proprietary technology, Audiam specializes in getting its members paid from YouTube through: the identification and fixing of bad or missing composition data; finding sound recordings of compositions appearing in videos; and finding videos themselves on YouTube. Audiam clients like Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan, Jason Mraz, Round Hill Music Publishing, and many more, have already benefitted from Audiam’s work to receive more than $10,000,000 in YouTube past and present revenue.

By joining Audiam, music creators and publishers can take advantage of this short timeframe to claim retroactive royalties, as well future royalties earned on YouTube.

YouTube is the world’s largest online platform for listening to music in video. Automatically identifying music compositions in YouTube videos is almost impossible without using Audiam’s technology.

About SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.ca

About Audiam
Audiam currently represents the publishing catalogs of thousands of songwriters, composers and music publishers including Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Jason Mraz, Steve Miller, Hyvetown, Pretty Lights, Ruthless, Jimmy Buffett, Victory, Epitaph, Sumerian, Third Side and Round Hill Music. To date the company has recovered millions of dollars in royalties earned through YouTube, Spotify Apple Music and other streaming services. Through its unique technology, Audiam locates metadata for every sound recording of a specific composition, determines licensing status and recovers past revenue and assures future payments for the songwriters, composers and music publishers who have fairly and rightfully earned royalties. Audiam is wholly owned by SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada.

Media Contacts
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, berthoffa@socan.ca
Chart Room Media (for Audiam): Brendan Gilmartin, Brendan@chartroommedia.com

Records Crushed Again by SOCAN

Toronto – SOCAN, the largest organization in the Canadian music industry, today announced another record year in 2016, with its music creator and publisher members generating a third-of-a-billion dollars in total revenue – an impressive eight percent year-over-year increase.

According to preliminary financial results,[1] SOCAN’s nearly 150,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers continued to out-perform at virtually every level in 2016.

  • Record total revenue of a third-of-a-billion-dollars – approximately $330-million in overall revenue in 2016 for an impressive eight percent year-over-year increase.
  • Record distributions to members – exceeding $285-million for the first time ever.
  • Domestic revenue of nearly $265-million – up approximately eight percent, and also a new high for SOCAN
  • Huge increase in music streaming revenues – Internet audio streaming revenues jumped to approximately $13-million, an impressive increase of more than 460 percent over 2015 streaming revenue.
  • Foreign royalties of approximately $66-million – an increase of 30 percent from only three years ago.
  • Substantial growth for “AV composers” – a jump of at least 47 percent to more than $20-million collected for streamed works in film and television.

“SOCAN’s work to lead the global transformation of music rights continues, benefitting music creators and publishers even more in terms of royalties identified, collected, and distributed in Canada and worldwide,” said CEO Eric Baptiste. “Our efforts to improve our technology, partnerships and alliances, to be more accurate, more comprehensive, and faster are paying off for our members with new revenue and distribution records across-the-board in 2016.”

The impressive results continue six-years-and-counting positive trends. Strategic acquisitions of Audiam and MediaNet last year are bringing benefits to SOCAN in terms of new services, even better data-matching and leading-edge technology. In addition, in 2016 SOCAN members confirmed their unprecedented success on the world stage with a significant number of Canadians having career years.

“We are extremely proud of our members’ success at every level, and to witness music creators like The Weeknd, Drake, Alessia Cara, Johnny Reid, Alex Cuba, Arcade Fire, Shawn Mendes, Nineteen85, Simon Wilcox, Lesley Barber, the Strumbellas, Cœur de pirate, Kaytranada, Louis-Jean Cormier, Tanya Tagaq, Cristobal Tapia de Veer, Brett Kissel, Alex Nevsky, Keith Power and so many others rise to such lofty heights makes us appreciate even more the honour it is to represent them worldwide,” Baptiste added. “SOCAN is only able to do this with the world’s best and brightest employees and partners who work every day for our members to receive what they have worked so hard to earn with their extraordinary talent and passion for music creation.”

SOCAN has quickly established itself as the world’s most innovative music rights organization, broadening the company’s scope with the acquisition and development of data, intellectual property and technological advances. SOCAN will continue to work constantly to advance services and capabilities to provide members with even more exclusive advantages, as SOCAN continues to lead the global expansion of music rights.

About SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

Media contact: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca



[1] Estimates; final figures will be determined following the March 2017 meeting of the SOCAN Board of Directors.

Research Reveals: Music Tops the List of Fitness Motivators

Toronto – New Year’s resolutions like “get in shape” and “hit the gym” regularly top lists, but too often the motivation to stick to them runs out by the Spring. A new Music Drives Fitness study1 by SOCAN and Leger, The Research Intelligence Group, suggests that music could make a huge difference to staying motivated and committed.

The study confirms that Canadians consider music essential to staying motivated and keeping fit. In fact, among the three-quarters (78%) who say having music is just as important as having workout clothes and proper equipment at the gym, a vast majority (68%) consider music just as vital as having comfortable workout shoes. What’s more, half of Millennials said that at the gym they need music as much as they need water.

An impressive 88 per cent of those surveyed also agree that there are clear advantages to listening to music when they exercise and almost 60 per cent credit music for making time pass more quickly when they’re working up a sweat.

“We all know that music can positively affect behaviour and mood,” said Jennifer Brown, Vice President of Licensing at SOCAN, “but the results from SOCAN’s Music Drives Fitness research indicate that music is far more important than even we thought when it comes to physical health, well-being, and even consumer experiences. Playing good music helps people who exercise feel more motivated and comfortable. Using music wisely is smart business for fitness clubs.”

More noteworthy highlights from the SOCAN Music Drives Fitness study include:

  • Music pushes us to the finish line. More than three-quarters (77%) of Canadians said that when they hear music they like in an exercise class, they are likely to enjoy the class more. Eight out of 10 women agree that music pushes them to finish a difficult exercise class at the gym.
  • Please, don’t stop the music. Sixty per cent of respondents prefer continuous music with no commercial or talking interruptions when they work out, suggesting that gyms should offer curated playlists to keep things up-tempo and rolling forward.
  • Playlists are priceless with Millennials. Music directly impacts how customers view their gym. When Millennials especially hear a workout-appropriate curated playlist at the gym, one in three believe the gym is of high quality and one in four think the gym is “trendy” or “cool.”
  • Music works marketing magic! More than half (54%) of those surveyed say that if they hear music they like in an exercise class, they are likely to tell their friends about it, nearly four in ten (38%) believe the gym cares more about their experience, and nearly one-third (31%) feel good knowing that they don’t have to worry about bringing their own music to work out.

Music helps to build the experience for people who attend gyms, but it also rewards the more than 130,000 businesses currently using licensed music to make their business stronger (while they also ethically compensate music creators fairly for their work). Businesses that are Licensed to Play with SOCAN know the value that music adds, especially in fitness clubs across Canada.

GoodLife Fitness, Canada’s leading fitness club with more than 350 locations across the country, recognizes the important role music plays in keeping its exercise classes and overall atmosphere high-energy and motivational.

“During our more than 37 years in business, GoodLife Fitness associates have seen first-hand the important role that music plays in motivating our members to achieve their health and fitness goals,” said David “Patch” Patchell-Evans, Founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness Centres Inc. “GoodLife is proud to work with SOCAN and other organizations that support the music industry because, as this new research reaffirms, music – whether it’s being played in a choreographed class or streaming from a person’s smartphone – has the ability to motivate people to get the most out of their workouts.”

Music is good for the soul, too.

SOCAN’s research also revealed that a dose of music can be just what the doctor ordered to keep moods high while reducing stress, since many Canadians turn to music for mental well-being as well as physical fitness inspiration. Between 40 and 60 per cent of those aged 18 to 65 say they listen to music when feeling sad and want to feel better. For stress relief, 44 per cent will listen to music and nearly half (49%) turn to music first – ahead of their friends – when they want to lift their spirits. The vast majority (91%) of Canadians listen to at least one type of music to de-stress, while about one-third (32%) prefer to listen to rock over pop music (27%) and classical music (22%) when de-stressing.

With so many saying that music is essential to their exercise routine, gym owners would be wise to use music strategically. A strong playlist and a SOCAN license to play music would benefit their customers and keep them coming back.

For a comprehensive summary of the Music Drives Fitness study, please see the report and a creative infographic here.

1 Survey of 1,597 Canadians was completed online. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

ABOUT SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

To speak with someone from SOCAN about the Music Drives Fitness Research Study, or to learn more, please contact:
SOCAN: Amal Yassir, 416-442-3838 ext. 3747, YassirA@socan.ca
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): Lorna Freeman, 416-969-2711, lfreeman@environicspr.com

Music ♥’s Everybody: SOCAN Opens Merch Store for Charity

Toronto – “Music ♥’s Everybody” is the intriguing message of a new merchandise campaign unveiled by SOCAN today, with all proceeds going to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

The e-commerce site was launched today (at www.kt8merch.com/store/pages/socan) with several pieces of merchandise already modelled by some of SOCAN’s more famous members, who were quick to endorse both Unison and SOCAN as organizations that help music creators, publishers and artists.

Music ♥’s Everybody tweaks the imagination by counter-intuitively turning the tables. Just about everyone loves music, and the idea of every genre and type of music unconditionally loving every person strikes a chord.

“I hope my fans and all fans of music get these cool clothes on for a great cause,” said SOCAN member and Montréal resident Ria Mae, whose song “Clothes Off” – co-written with fellow Haligonian and SOCAN member Classified – was a huge hit this year.

“SOCAN is giving us backing off their shirts,” said Sheila Hamilton, Executive Director of Unison Benevolent Fund. “Contributing all proceeds from sales of their cool merchandise to Unison means that more musicians who might be struggling with health or financial needs will be able to get by.”

“Music is unconditional in its love,” said Andrew Berthoff, SOCAN Chief Communications & Marketing Officer. ” Music ♥’s Everybody is a universal message that we hope all people, regardless of their musical preferences, will want to show off, while helping musicians and music industry professionals in need.”

The first pieces include Music ♥’s Everybody hoodies and shirts, plus some cool “SOCAN 90” gear. Campaign-style buttons are thrown in free with every purchase.

SOCAN worked with the turnkey e-commerce merchandise company Kill The 8, of Toronto, to design the products. New items will be introduced regularly. Kill The 8 specializes in creating swag for musicians, including SOCAN members Sam Roberts Band, USS and Lights.

About Unison
The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, or economic difficulties.

About SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information:

Media contact: Tiana Feng, (416) 442-3838, ext. 3925, fengt@socan.ca

M for Montréal first Music Festival in Québec Licensed To Play with SOCAN

Montréal – SOCAN and M for Montréal have partnered to achieve a first for Québec: all 24 live music venues participating in this year’s music festival are Licensed To Play with SOCAN.

After confirming that all venues are legally licensed with SOCAN to use live music, M for Montréal was presented with a special Licensed To Play designation, a version of the sticker that nearly 30,000 SOCAN-licensed businesses across Canada proudly display to show their support for fair licensing of music created by songwriters and composers.

“I’m extremely proud of our Licensed To Play designation, and I hope that all music-using businesses and music festivals follow our lead,” said Sébastien Nasra, founder and executive producer of M for Montréal. “The music industry is facing another technology challenge, adapting to new financial models of compensation for rights holders in the music ecosystem. It’s important that we lead by example and encourage live music venues and promoters to do what’s right and legal by adhering to music licensing laws and regulations that apply to their business – so that songwriters, composers and music publishers can be fairly compensated for what they’ve earned.”

The 11th annual M for Montréal festival will showcase 100 musical acts at 24 venues across the city, Nov. 16-19, 2016. Hundreds of key music industry representatives from at least 15 countries will attend over the four days.

“M for Montréal is making a bold statement that it stands behind music rights and the need for songwriters, composers and music publishers to be compensated fairly,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “As the first Québec-based festival to be fully Licensed To Play, this is a milestone for the region’s music community, our members and the more than 25,000 licensed businesses across the province.”

While organizations that use music are expected to comply with the law, monitoring all businesses is impossible. Canadian businesses must keep their music licences current. Licences are the main source of revenues for songwriters, composers and music publishers through royalties that nurture the creative spring that feeds the Canadian music ecosystem.

ABOUT SOCAN
SOCAN connects more than four million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed to Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.

ABOUT M POUR MONTRÉAL
Founded in 2006 by Sébastien Nasra (Avalanche Productions) in consultation with renowned British promoter Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape and co-founder, with Peter Gabriel, of the WOMAD Festival), M pour Montréal is much more than an annual event. “M” is a non-profit organization dedicated to a bold mission: to showcase new artists and catapult them to the international marketplace. For the past decade, M pour Montréal has established itself both as a core event in the cultural life of Montréal and on the international circuit of New Music festivals. M is now an essential catalyst for the Québec music industry for both emerging local artists as well as those developing their careers beyond the province. M has become one of the most important springboards for exporting Canadian artists on the global stage. For more information, visit mpourmontreal.com

Media contacts:
SOCAN
: Eric Parazelli, parazellie@socan.ca, (514) 844-8377, ext. 4934
M pour Montréal : Amélie Boudreau, Avalanche Productions, amelie@avalancheprod.com (514) 925-0050, ext. 227

SOCAN Mourns the Passing of Leonard Cohen

SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada – expressed its deep sadness after the passing of Leonard Cohen, one of the organization’s most iconic members, at the age of 82.

Born in the Westmount area of Montréal, Cohen was the creator of hundreds of works, including international classic songs such as “Suzanne,” “Tower of Song,” and “Hallelujah.” He was honoured numerous times for works that achieved official SOCAN Classic status, and he was celebrated at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto and the Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal on numerous occasions.

“Leonard Cohen was a legend among legends,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “With iconic songs that defined an entire era, he inspired many generations all over the world. SOCAN was honoured to count him among our most prominent members. He will be sorely missed, but his songs will live on.”

“I am simply devastated by the passing of Leonard Cohen,” said SOCAN Board President and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Board Chair, Stan Meissner. “Leonard remarked at his Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction, ‘If I knew where the good songs came from, I would go there more often.’ That humility was part of what made him so wonderful, as we know he went there so much more often than most. His work represents a tower of song that serves as an inspiration to us all, brilliantly illustrating the beauty and artistry of songwriting.”

Leonard Cohen’s connection with and love for his hometown of Montréal remained strong throughout his life. “One could run into Leonard Cohen at Bagel etc. on St-Laurent Blvd, in the heart of the Mile-End, having breakfast at the counter, a stone’s throw away from his apartment,” said Geneviève Côté

SOCAN Chief Québec Affairs Officer. “Montréal was where he was born and, even though he belongs to the global music community, he was québécois and should be remembered that way.”

Cohen was a member of SOCAN for more than four decades, and Canada’s largest music organization collected royalties for his music catalog played worldwide.

About SOCAN

SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.ca

Media contacts:

SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca

SOCAN Montréal Awards Gala Honours 80 Music Creators and Publishers

See the complete Winners List

Montréal – The 27th edition of SOCAN’s Montréal Awards Gala was held last night at the iconic Métropolis in Montréal as the who’s-who of the music industry gathered to salute the careers and accomplishments of francophone songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

The CULTURAL IMPACT AWARD was presented to French-Canadian songwriter Stéphane Venne for his legendary anthem “Le début d’un temps nouveau.” Singer-songwriters Klô Pelgag, Pierre Kwenders and Loud Lary Ajust performed a bold version of the classic before a crowd of more than 400.

Ariane Moffatt received the prestigious SOCAN SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR award, and was also honoured with a SOCAN POPULAR SONG AWARD for “Debout.” The international achievements of two young, extraordinary singer-songwriters, Cœur de Pirate and Grimes, were each honoured with the SOCAN INTERNATIONAL AWARD. Cœur de pirate also received a POPULAR SONG award for her hit, “Carry On.”

The SOCAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was presented to Richard Séguin, one of Québec’s most iconic artists, whose career spans four decades. To pay tribute to his prodigious contributions, a medley of some of his most famous songs was performed by Patrice Michaud (who himself won a SOCAN POPULAR SONG AWARD for “Je cours après Marie”), Elisapie Isaac, Luce Dufault, Coral Egan and Pierre Flynn.

The SOCAN SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was presented to Alain Chartrand, the founder of the Coup de cœur francophone music festival. As the General Manager and Artistic Director of this festival, which celebrates its 30th year in November, his passion and authenticity have made the event one of the most important in Canada, thanks to consistently bold, high-quality programming.

The inaugural SOCAN PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR award was presented to Ho-Tune, recognizing its significant contribution to the music community.

Other highlights of the Gala included a tribute to Dédé Fortin and his Colocs by Guy Bélanger (harmonica) and Stéphane Archambault, Jonathan Painchaud, Philippe Brach, 2Frères and Alexe Gaudreault. 2Frères and Gaudreault also received SOCAN POPULAR SONG awards for “Nous autres” andPlacebo,” respectively. Their songs “Dédé,” “La rue Principale,” “Juste une p’tite nuite,” “Passe-moé la puck” and “Julie,” each an official SOCAN Classic, touched everyone who attended the celebration, which was directed by SOCAN member Yann Perreau.

“Our songwriters, composers, and music publishers are incredibly talented, creative and, in many cases, have had impressive longevity,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Tonight’s gala masterfully and deservedly shone a bright light and celebrated them for the crucial role they play in defining our culture and the undeniable positive economic impact of their work. We’re proud to honour their accomplishments and congratulate them for their SOCAN Awards.”

The evening also recognized the exceptional contribution of composers and publishers of music for film and television, and their contribution to our economy. Award winners included Rudy Toussaint and his publishers, Éditions Marie Claire, ole, and Intermède Music, who received two awards, and Edouardo Noya Schreus who received the SOCAN ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM MUSIC for his work on Xavier Dolan’sMommy.

The songwriters, composers and music publishers of 11 SOCAN CLASSICS – honoured for at least 25,000 radio plays – included several songs by the indomitable rocker Éric Lapointe, the late-lamented Dédé Fortin and his illustrious Colocs, Luc Plamondon, and Nelson Minville. Performances of the newly certified SOCAN Classics by special guests surprised and moved the audience, with Fanny Bloom singing “Terre promise,” Matt Holubowski making “N’importe quoi his own, and King Melrose rocking “Marie Stone” — all three songs classics of Éric Lapointe’s repertoire.

Alfa Rococo revisited “Piaf chanterait du rock (Luc Plamondon/Germain Gauthier), a song made famous by Marie Carmen. Roch Voisine transfixed the crowd with his interpretation of Luc Plamondon and François Cousineau’s “Ma mère chantait toujours,” followed by Jérôme Couture’s interpretation of “Les bras de Satan,” one of singer-songwriter Nelson Minville’s biggest hits.

ABOUT SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licences more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

MEDIA CONTACTS
SOCAN: Éric Parazelli, (514) 844-8377, Ext. 4934, parazellie@socan.ca
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