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SOCAN Welcomes the Tabling of Private Member Bill C-299

The Society of Composers and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) welcomes news that today, Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, introduced Private Member’s Bill C-299, which extends copyright protection for Canadian authors, composers and music publishers.

On behalf of its members, SOCAN has been advocating for enhanced copyright protection, extending it from life plus 50 years to life plus 70 years.

“We are beyond pleased to see Private Member’s Bill C-299 introduced today in the House of Commons,” said Eric Baptiste, SOCAN’s Chief Executive Officer. “If passed, the new bill will strengthen Canada’s music ecosystem by bringing copyright protection for Canadian authors and composers in line with international standards. This issue extends beyond party lines and we encourage Members of Parliament from all parties to support the bill.”

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 industry overall. SOCAN licenses 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. www.socan.ca

Media contact:
Environics Communications
(for SOCAN): Louis-Charles Roy, 613-670-5814,lcroy@environicspr.com

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“The Hockey Theme” to be Honoured at SOCAN’s Night in Canada

Toronto – The music that’s almost as much a part of the fabric of the country as the Canadian national anthem, the world-beating songwriting prowess of a Toronto native of Ethiopian parents, a Hall of Fame broadcast music executive, a chart-topping Scottish-Canadian sensation, and a teen from Brampton, Ontario, whose gorgeous musical creativity was made right here, will all share the spotlight on the evening of June 20th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

“Hockey Night In Canada” theme composer, Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); worldwide hit-maker The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and Ahmad“Belly” Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); multi-platinum-selling extraordinary talentJohnny Reid (National Achievement Award); Canadian music industry driving force and talent-builder, Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); chart-topping teenagerAlessia Cara (Breakout Award); and dozens more songwriters, composers and music publishers will be honoured at the 27th annual SOCAN Awards, emceed by hockey-loving bestselling author Dave Bidini, of the Rheostatics.

“With seven Canadian songwriters dominating the Billboard Top 10 at one time, 2015 might have been the greatest in the history of music creation success in Canada,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “The SOCAN Awards celebrate recent success, as well as lifetimes of achievements, from young sensations like Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes,Francesco Yates, “WondaGurl” and Scott Helman, to octogenarian Dolores Claman, the creator of Canada’s unofficial second national anthem. The soundtrack of Canada is scored by an astonishing diversity of creative talent, musical genres and music publishers, and SOCAN celebrates them all.”

Presenting awards at the event are more legends, including renowned music producerBob Ezrin; creator of iconic Canadian rock anthems Alan Frew; music visionary Andy Maize of the Skydiggers; famed voice and music historian Alan Cross; creator and performer of the pop classics “Sugar, Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently” Andy Kim; Kevin Drew, one of the musical co-geniuses behind Broken Social Scene; and NHL Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour.

Live performances will include sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show Nashville; “Sound of Your Heart” hit creator Shawn Hook; the young and disarmingly talented multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Jordan Hart; celebrated singer-songwriter Matt Barber; Crash Test Dummies frontman and creative forceBrad Roberts; and Johnny Reid himself. Throughout the night SOCAN will place a bright spotlight on the outstanding work of composers for film and television, complete with a live orchestra adding musical texture and colour to the evening.

SOCAN Achievement Award winners will receive “The SOCAN” – the world’s first and only music industry trophy that’s also a musical instrument, incorporating five custom bronze crotales – tuned this year especially to the first few notes of “The Hockey Theme.”

The full list of this year’s SOCAN Award winners will be released on the evening of June 20, 2016.

Sponsors of the 2016 SOCAN Awards are Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC. Official charity partner: Unison Benevolent Fund.

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 industry overall. SOCAN licenses 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:
Touchwood Public Relations
(for SOCAN): Jennifer Rashwan, (416) 593-0777 ext. 205, jennifer@touchwoodpr.com
SOCAN: Michael Critchley, (416) 445-8700, ext. 3784, critchleym@socan.ca

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SOCAN Achieves Record High in Royalties for Music Creators and Music Publishers

Toronto – SOCAN today announced final financial results for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015, reporting that it brought in $307.8 million in total domestic and international royalties, the first time in its history exceeding $300 million in total revenues from the performance of the music of its more than 135,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

More than $276.2 million in combined domestic and international royalties were distributed to SOCAN members, a 15% increase over 2014, and SOCAN’s corporate net expense ratio achieved an all-time low of 9.2%, another significant year-over-year improvement. Musical performances outside of Canada realized more than $62.7 million in revenue, more than doubling over the last decade.

“As SOCAN works to lead the global transformation of music rights, these financial achievements are not only possible because of the hard work of all SOCAN staff members, business innovations and continuous improvement of operations but they are also the direct result of the rich music repertoire that we represent,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “Canadian music creators topped many international music charts throughout 2015, and Canada’s songwriters, composers and music publishers continue to make a massive impact on domestic and world economies. We fully expect both our members and SOCAN to step even further ahead in 2016.”

SOCAN 2015 Financial Highlights:

  • $276.2 million distributed to members in 2015 – a 14.7% increase over 2014.
  • $62.7 million in foreign royalties identified, collected and distributed to SOCAN members whose music is played internationally on radio, television, online, on-stage and in other public performance uses – a 13.4% increase over 2014, and a 60.3% increase since 2007.
  • Live music fans enabled SOCAN members to realize collectively more than $20 million for the first time in SOCAN’s history, with $21.1 million in live performance revenue brought in and distributed.
  • Internet streaming revenues increased 24.4% over 2014, due to the strong growth of new and existing service providers, bringing in a total of $15.5 million for music created by SOCAN members.
  • Corporate Net Expense Ratio of 9.2%, three points lower than 2014 and another record for SOCAN, among the lowest of any of the world’s major music rights organizations.

More than 4,000 additional music-using Canadian businesses were licensed by SOCAN in 2015, reflecting both the importance and value of music to businesses and the excellent ROI of applicable SOCAN licenses. SOCAN also added more than 6,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members in 2015, bringing the total to more than 135,000.

SOCAN continues to step even further ahead in 2016 by positioning itself to be a world leader in the digital music age, globally transforming music rights by providing more leading-edge services to its members.

For full financial statements and a complete overview of 2015, please visitwww.socanannualreport.ca.

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 licenses 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 Contact
Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca

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SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists to Square Off for $10,000

Toronto – SOCAN today announced the finalists for the 11th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize, a competition that identifies 10 outstanding songs in English and French written and released by emerging songwriters over the past year, with the music-loving public deciding the winners.

The 10 English and French finalists were each determined by independent panels of 15 music-industry experts who were asked to nominate two songs from any musical genre that they felt were the best written in the last 12 months by emerging songwriters – defined as songwriters who have released no more than two full albums (excluding EPs) up until the end of the eligibility period (see Rules for complete criteria). All of the nominated songs were then compiled, reviewed and voted on by each panel as a whole to decide the final 10 nominees. SOCAN does not have a role in determining nominees or winners.

The 10 English songs nominated this year:

  • “Black Body” – written by Benjamin Addy, Renee Wisdom; performed by Spek Won feat.Shi Wisdom.
  • “Dead or Alive” – written by Jazz Cartier and Lantz; performed by Jazz Cartier.
  • “Desire” – written by Kathleen Monks, Benjamin Reinhartz, James Rowlinson, Elizabeth Ball; performed by Dilly Dally.
  • “How Could You Babe” – written by Tobias Jesso Jr; performed by Tobias Jesso Jr.; published by Universal Music Publishing.
  • “Julia” – written by Matthew Angus; performed by Fast Romantics.
  • “No hurry” – written by Terra Lightfoot; performed by Terra Lightfoot; published by CCS Rights Management Corp.
  • “Paradise” – written by Ashton Simmonds, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, Alexander Sowinski, Matthew Tavares, Leland Whitty, Chester Hansen, Keaven Yazdani; performed by Daniel Ceasar feat. BADBADNOTGOOD, Sean Leon; published by Reclusive Music Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada, Robinson Heart Publishing.
  • “Pen to Paper” – written by Sean Graham, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter; performed by Modern Space; published by Sony/ATV.
  • “Spirits” – written by Simon Ward, Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl G.J. James, Brian Leigh Pickett, David Ritter, Joanne Setterington, Isabel Cunningham Ritchie; performed by The Strumbellas; published by Domino Double Nine.
  • Wendell Walker” – written by Andy Shauf; performed by Andy Shauf; published by Peer International Ltd. (Canada), Music of the Mothership.

For two weeks, from June 9-23, 2016, SOCAN invites music fans to vote for their favourite song from the nominees lot by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the performer’s name in the tweet. Fans can vote once daily through each platform for each of the English and French prize competitions.

The winning songs are planned to be announced the week of July 4, 2016.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash, a choice between two brands of Godin Guitars (aSeagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar), a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

“These emerging songwriters might be tomorrow’s global superstars,” said Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer at SOCAN. “The SOCAN Songwriting Prize helps these talented songwriters expand their fan base and get the attention they so deserve. Although there can only be one official winner, simply being nominated is a huge achievement.”

The 10 song finalists for the 2016 Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the Francophone counterpart to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize:

  • “Avalanches” – written and performed by Félix Dyotte; published by Coyote Records.
  • “Avant de disparaître” – written and performed by Claude Bégin; published by Coyote Records.
  • “Crystel” – written and performed by Philippe Brach; published by Equispec Les Ed.
  • “Igloo” – written and performed by Safia Nolin.
  • “Les coûteaux à beurre” – written by Melanie Boulay, Stéphanie Boulay Jean Sebastien Houle; performed by Les soeurs Boulay; published by Dare to Care Les Ed.
  • “Les échardes” – written and performed by performed by Charlotte Cardin; published by Corico Arts Inc.
  • Olympe” – written and performed by Rosie Valland; published by Ambiances Ambigues and David Murphy et Cie.
  • “Placebo” – written by Alexe Gaudreault, John Nathaniel; performed by Alexe Gaudreault; published by John Nathaniel Prod Inc.
  • “Rêves d’été” – written and performed Laurence Nerbonne; published by Coyote Records.
  • “Saratoga” – written by Chantal Archambault, Michel Olivier Gasse; performed by Saratoga; published by Ambiances Ambiques Ed.

For all of the latest updates, follow the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on Twitter at@SOCANmusic and via the #SOCANprize hashtag, as well as on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SOCANmusic.

Previous winners of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize: Dear Rouge for “I Heard I Had” (2015), Alejandra Ribera for “I Want” (2014), Mo Kenney for “Sucker” (2013), Kathleen Edwards for “A Soft Place to Land” (2012), Katie Moore for “Wake Up Like This” (2011), Brasstronaut for “Hearts Trompet” (2010), D-Sisive for “Nobody With a Notepad” (2009), The Weakerthans for “Night Windows” (2008), Abdominal for “Pedal Pusher” (2007), Propagandi for “A Speculative Fiction” (2006).

Previous winners of the Prix de la chanson SOCAN: Antoine Corriveau for “Le Nouveau vocabulaire” (2015), Patrice Michaud for “Mécaniques générales” (2014), Keith Kouna for “Batiscan” (2013), Koriass for “St-Eustache” (2012), Galaxie for “Piste 1” (2011), Vulgaires Machines for “Parasites” (2010), Bernard Adamus for “La question à 100 piasses” (2009), Karkwa for “Oublie pas” (2008), Tricot Machine for “L’Ours” (2007), Éve Cournoyer for “Tout arrive” (2006).

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 licenses 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:
Environics Communications (for SOCAN):
Melody Gaukel, 416-969-2704,mgaukel@environicspr.com
SOCAN: Michael Critchley, 416-445-8700 x 3784, critchleym@socan.ca

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SOCAN Unveils Royalties Analysis Dashboard

Toronto, May 17, 2016 – With the launch of leading-edge proprietary service Royalty Guru, SOCAN is enabling its members to use high-quality, flexible analytics tools to assess and monitor their royalties.

An integral part of SOCAN’s strategy to leverage and deploy digital tools to lead the global transformation of music rights and designed specifically for songwriters, composers and music publishers, Royalty Guru’s analytics capabilities allow SOCAN’s more than 135,000 members to visualize their data in a variety of easy-to-use ways to help them manage their business and career in music.

SOCAN is believed to be the first major performing rights organization to offer such a royalty-analysis business intelligence tool to its creator and music publisher members.

SOCAN’s exclusive Royalty Guru services run on any web browser and enable SOCAN members to understand better the trends in royalties earned when their music is played live, on radio, television and streamed on the Internet. The service will be accessible in English and French through the secure members’ portal at socan.ca.

The tool simplifies royalty analysis, doing in seconds what otherwise would take hours, days or even weeks to determine using complicated spreadsheets.

“Data and effective data analysis are more than ever keys to success in the digital music economy,” said Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer at SOCAN. “Royalty Guru is the latest career and business advantage that SOCAN brings to its members as SOCAN continues to broaden our role as the world’s leading and most transparent music rights organization.”

SOCAN’s Royalty Guru is now available free to all SOCAN members, and the company will continue to maintain and develop the application going forward, enhancing the service with members’ needs in mind.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-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 industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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. www.socan.ca

Media Contacts
Environics Communications (for SOCAN):
McKenna Wild, 416-969-2774,mwild@environicspr.com
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca

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SOCAN Expands Technology and Services with Acquisition of Music Data Company MediaNet

Toronto and Seattle, May 12, 2016 – SOCAN, the member-based organization that represents the performing rights of more than four-million music creators and publishers, has purchased Seattle-based MediaNet (www.mndigital.com). The addition of this pioneer business-to-business music technology provider offers 360-degree music rights administration to SOCAN members.

MediaNet is the creator of powerful music and metadata delivery technologies that work with streaming services, download providers, media search, and other media discovery tools to provide an exhaustive catalog of music, while ensuring that creators and music publishers, including artists and all relevant rights owners, are properly compensated for their work.

The MediaNet acquisition will have immediate benefits for SOCAN members’ digital performances, as the potential for increased matching on radio, TV and in areas such as nightclub performances is substantial. With MediaNet, SOCAN will be able to identify digital performances from around the world in real-time, with access to granular performance data to make better decisions, identify trends and increase revenue for members. This comes with a level of data accuracy and transparency that few, if any, music rights organizations in the world can provide.

With more than 51 million sound recordings in its database, each containing a unique audio identifier, MediaNet will provide SOCAN with authoritative information pertaining to master rights (sound recordings), and will augment already strong matching capabilities for all kinds of performances and reproductions of music on radio, digital, live, satellite, film and TV and other delivery of music to public audiences.

In keeping with SOCAN’s vision to lead the global transformation of music rights, the acquisition and integration of MediaNet’s technology will make SOCAN the leader in accurate matching of music data, one of the most significant challenges facing the digital music ecosystem worldwide. The benefit of robust, accurate matching of repertoire to rights-owners is significant to SOCAN’s existing and future members, and will especially increase revenue streams for all whose music is played on digital platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud and other services relying on uploads.

“The music ecosystem is in need of data and accuracy and, with MediaNet, SOCAN is the first major music collective to meet this need,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “The expanded family of MediaNet and SOCAN creates an unbeatable combination that will help drive proper compensation for SOCAN’s membership base of songwriters, composers and music publishers and potentially for all parties involved in the music value chain.”

For SOCAN’s more than 135,000 members the acquisition of MediaNet brings immediate dramatic improvement in digital match-rates and the speed of distribution of digital royalties. For digital service providers this means a new dimension of accuracy for matching musical works with rich ownership data.

MediaNet will continue to operate under its current name, with all of its 34 employees continuing at the organization’s Seattle offices. MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson and the company’s leadership team will remain in place.

“SOCAN is a leader in ushering the transition from physical to digital through a commitment to data and artist advocacy,” said MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson. “We are thrilled to join the SOCAN family and realize our shared goal of pioneering high-scale technology solutions that ensure fair and accurate royalty administration.”

The acquisition was completed in May 2016, the terms of which are undisclosed.

Headwaters MB acted as financial advisor and Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC as legal counsel to MediaNet in this transaction. Venable LLP, Gowling WLG and KPMG advised SOCAN on the matter.

 

About MediaNet
MediaNet maintains one of the largest B2B rights-managed, global music catalogs of more than 51 million tracks and a database of over 4.1 million rights holders and their respective works. MediaNet’s database of rights holders encompasses composers, publishers, administrators, PROs, collection societies, performers, labels, and distributors. MediaNet leads the music industry by hosting the only commercially available catalog of sound recordings connected directly to a comprehensive database of rights, ownership, and songwriting splits. MediaNet enables accurate royalty administration for streaming music apps, subscription services, and download stores. MediaNet has powered many popular digital music services worldwide including Beats Music, Pulselocker, CÜR Music, Songza, Target, and Univision. www.mndigital.com

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 licenses more than 125,000 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. www.socan.ca

Media contacts:

Environics Communications (for SOCAN): McKenna Wild, 416-969-2774,mwild@environicspr.com

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

MediaNet: Glen Sears, 206-269-6017, gsears@mndigital.com

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Canada’s Music Creation Capital 2016 is Officially Montréal’s Mile End

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Toronto and Montréal – After extensive data analysis, SOCAN has determined that Montréal’s Mile End neighbourhood is this year’s Music Creation Capital of Canada, with more working, royalty-earning songwriters and composers per-capita in the Western area of Plateau Mont-Royal (postal code prefix H2T) than any other region in the country.

Mile End is bounded approximately by Mont-Royal Ave. to the South, Van Horne Ave. to the North, Jeanne-Mance St. to the West, and St-Denis St. to the East, comprising addresses with the postal code prefix of H2T. Results were derived by tabulating annual royalties of members earning middle-class income for their creative work, the number of songwriters and composers who live in each area, and the total population of each region.

“SOCAN proudly represents some of the most famous and successful composers and songwriters on the planet, but we wanted to find out where the highest numbers of professional songwriters and composers are clustered,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Even though the majority of our members are not making a full-time living creating music, we want to recognize the importance and value of these music creators and the role that they play in their communities as cultural entrepreneurs. Congratulations to Montréal’s Mile End on being Canada’s Music Creation Capital 2016!”

Montréal neighbourhoods made up an impressive six of the top 10 areas in Canada for music creation, with Toronto regions comprising the balance.

With more than 135,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members, and approximately $310 million in royalties collected for them in 2015, Canada is one of the most successful countries on earth when it comes to music creation. That Quebec not only boasts the Music Creation Capital of Canada, but six of the top 10 regions in the country, is a testament to the strong tradition of and appreciation for artistic expression in the province.

“Musical creation, even when it’s the result of one person, is always shaped with the help of others, and it’s not that surprising that this area boasts the most successful songwriters and composers in Canada,” said SOCAN member Maxime Morin, who works under the name Champion and lives in Mile End. “Music is everywhere in Mile End. It’s truly a way of life, not just for a music creator like me, but for just about everyone who lives here.”

Great music-making occurs right across the country, and it’s natural that songwriters and composers band together in populated areas that have a thriving arts community, live music venues, recording studios and other exponents of Canada’s music ecosystem.

Top 10 Centres of Music Creation in Canada:

  1. Mile End, Montréal (postal code prefix H2T)
  2. Plateau Mont-Royal North, Montréal (H2H)
  3. The McGill Ghetto, Montréal (H2W)
  4. Trinity / Rua Açores-Little Portugal, Toronto (M6J)
  5. Parkdale / Roncesvalles, Toronto, Toronto (M6R)
  6. Petite-Patrie, Montréal (H2S)
  7. Outremont, Montréal (H2V)
  8. Dufferin / Dovercourt Village, Toronto (M6H)
  9. Christie, Toronto (M6G)
  10. Plateau Mont-Royal North Central, Montréal (H2J)

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

  • Alberta – Mount Pleasant / Capitol Hill / Banff Trail, Calgary (T2M)
  • British Columbia – NE Downtown / Gastown / Harbour Centre / International Village / Victory Square / Yaletown, Vancouver (V6B)
  • Manitoba – River Heights East, Winnipeg (R3L)
  • New Brunswick – Moncton Central (E1C)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador – Downtown North Central, St. John (A1C)
  • North West Territories & Nunavut – Yellowknife (X1A)
  • Nova Scotia – Upper Harbour, Halifax (B3K)
  • Ontario – Rua Açores “Little Portugal” / Trinity-Bellwoods, Toronto (M6J)
  • Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown Southeast (C1A)
  • Québec – Mile End, Montréal (H2T)
  • Saskatchewan – Regina South (S4S)
  • Yukon – Whitehorse (Y1A)

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 licenses more than 125,000 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:
Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): Lorna Freeman, 416-969-2711,lfreeman@environicspr.com

For more details on the methodology used to determine the national and provincial music creation capitals, please contact SOCAN.

JUNO Week Steps Ahead to Become Licensed To Play with SOCAN

Toronto – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has stepped ahead to stand behind fair and legal music licensing to make the 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week to become the first major awards event to be Licensed To Play with SOCAN.

The largest organization in the Canadian music ecosystem has presented the 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week with a special Licensed To Play designation for working to ensure that all of its performance venues are legally licensed with SOCAN to perform live and recorded music.

After confirming that more than 15 JUNO live music venues are licensed with SOCAN, JUNO Week was presented with a special Licensed To Play designation, a version of the emblem that more than 40,000 Canadian music-using businesses have so far received to show off their support of fair compensation for music creators.

“We are a proud supporter of the Licensed To Play initiative with SOCAN,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “CARAS believes that it is essential that we play a part in ensuring that all of Canada’s music creators are fairly compensated through licensing.”

“Being Licensed To Play with SOCAN is a badge of honour and pride, and the 2016 JUNOS honour songwriters, composers and music publishers by stepping ahead to make a bold statement that they stand behind music creators’ right and need to be compensated fairly for their work,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste.

The 45th annual JUNO Awards is the largest music event in North America that honours Canadian artists. JUNO Week 2016 will showcase nearly 120 music acts at more than 15 live music venues across Calgary from March 28 to April 3. JUNO Week culminates with the live broadcast of the JUNO Awards on CTV on April 3rd.

While organizations that use music to make their business better should abide by the law, constantly monitoring every one of Canada’s music-using businesses is not feasible. SOCAN works with businesses and their trade associations to encourage them to stay up-to-date with their fair music licenses. Collectively, these licenses are a major part of a songwriter, composer or music publisher’s livelihood through royalties, and a vital aspect of Canada’s music ecosystem.

In May of last year, Canadian Music Week became the first major music festival and conference in North America to ensure that all of its live music venues are licensed so that music creators and publishers can be fairly compensated. Since then, others have followed CMW’s lead.

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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.

About CARAS
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 45th Annual JUNO Awards or the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visitwww.junoawards.ca

Media Contacts:
SOCAN:
Amal Yassir, 416-442-3838 ext. 3747, yassira@socan.ca
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): Lorna Freeman, 416-969-2711,lfreeman@environicspr.com

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SOCAN Tracks More Record Results in 2015 for Music Creators

Toronto – Canada emerged as an even greater powerhouse of songwriting, composing and music publishing on a global level in 2015 with domestic and international creative success on virtually every level, and now with further supporting evidence after SOCAN revealed continued record results[1] according to its early analysis.

SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – has outperformed its own lofty expectations by setting a new high for royalties identified, collected and distributed to its more than 130,000 members, while also reaching new records in cost-effectiveness:

  • A new record for total revenue of approximately $310-million, the first time in the organization’s history that it has exceeded the $300-million milestone – an increase of at least 3% over the record $299-million of 2014.
  • Corporate net expense ratio of 9% after the already groundbreaking 9.5% in 2014, another record smashed not only for SOCAN, but likely for any major music rights organization in the world.
  • At least $62-million in foreign royalties identified, collected and distributed for members whose music is played internationally on radio, television, online, onstage and other public performance uses – a 14% increase over 2014, and a 60% increase since 2007.
  • Total royalty distributions to members of approximately $275-million – a 15% year-over-year increase.

“When we think of Canada’s music creators we naturally think of stars like The Weeknd, Andrew Lockington, Drake, Grimes, MAGIC!, Christine Jensen, Luc Plamondon, Coeur de Pirate and Stephan Moccio, and indeed these SOCAN members have truly earned their stature,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “But Canada’s music creators and publishers are enjoying massive, collective success in virtually every area, whether hip-hop, alt-rock, country, EDM, roots and traditional, blues, soul, classical, jazz, film and television composing and other genres. What we are seeing now is a phenomena unprecedented in Canadian music history. Canada is a music-making global powerhouse, and SOCAN is proud to be one of its biggest engines.”

SOCAN is bringing in and distributing more with less. Royalties delivered are rising while corporate expenses are decreasing. The organization is achieving this by attracting top talent, investing in new technologies, creating new business partnerships and alliances and anticipating the future in a rapidly changing music ecosystem.

Baptiste added: “SOCAN’s success isn’t by magic, it’s through a brilliant and dedicated team of more than 280 music industry professionals passionately fighting and working every single day for our members’ rights and the fair compensation that these songwriters, composers and music publishers have earned for their own passionate work.”

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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 contact: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca


[1] Estimates; final figures will be determined following the March 2016 meeting of the SOCAN Board of Directors.

Toronto

Eat, Sing and Be Merry: Music is the Food of Fun

Toronto – As Canada gets set to make the most of the holiday season, eating, drinking and merry music are on everyone’s list, and restaurants, retailers and even grocery stores should turn up the dial to keep customers happy and spending more.

A new research study1 by SOCAN and Leger, The Research Intelligence Group shows that music has a substantially positive impact on dining and shopping, with 78 percent of Canadians revealing that hearing music in a restaurant makes them enjoy their food and drink more and almost three-quarters say it makes them want to stay longer.

Among other findings, 84 percent of bar, restaurant and retail owners surveyed credit music for helping to create a more positive experience, while two-thirds of the Canadian public agreed that music impacts their decision to return to or recommend a restaurant. In fact, more than two-thirds of business owners said that live music attracts more customers, and more than half agreed that live music gives them an edge over their competition.

“Music is the food of fun, so play on!” said Leslie Craig, SOCAN’s Director of Licensing. “The results from our Food & Music Survey support the fact that Canadian businesses and their customers agree that music is integral to enjoying food and drink and to staying in a restaurant, bar or retail store longer.”

More highlights of the SOCAN Food & Music Study:

  • Canadians enjoy their food and beverages more with music – Seventy percent of Canadian diners say that hearing music makes them more likely to stay longer, and half say that live music in a restaurant would make them want to eat and drink more.
  • Silence isn’t golden, it’s awkward – more than a quarter (28 percent) of Canadians say they would have a negative reaction to being in a restaurant without music and, of those, 43 percent say they’d be unlikely to return and 20 percent say they’d feel the need to leave.
  • Live music is in good taste – Seventy-five percent of Canadians say they enjoy food and drink more when they hear live music they like.
  • Licensed To Play – Thirty-four percent of Canadians said that if they knew a restaurant was paying its legal and fair license for music, it would influence their decision to go there.

The same can be said for grocery and retail stores. More than half of Canadians said they are likely to enjoy their shopping experience more when they hear music in a retail store. About one-third even admit to dancing or singing in grocery store aisles, and 25 per cent said they would be likely to inquire about music being played.

Louis McNeil, owner of District Saint-Joseph restaurant in Québec City, understands the power of attraction and retention that music brings. Music even influences his restaurant’s food and beverage offerings: “Our goal is to make people discover new music at the same time as they discover our food and, to achieve this, we program two to three live music performances per week, and our restaurant is also a venue for record launches and other such industry events. We live it daily.  Because of music, our patrons stay longer and our sales increase. Music is definitely a big part of our customer’s experience.”

While music helps to build the experience for consumers, it also rewards the more than 125,000 businesses using licensed music to make their business better and compensate music creators fairly for their work. Businesses that are Licensed To Play with SOCAN know the value that music always adds, and especially during the holidays.

For a thorough summary of the study, please see the Music is the Food of Businessreport, as well as a creative infographic here.

1 Survey of 1,500 Canadians (probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20) and 270 SOCAN licensed businesses (probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 5.8%, 19 times out of 20) who were randomly selected.

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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 (and for a copy of the research study):
SOCAN: Amal Yassir, (416) 442-3838 ext. 3747, YassirA@socan.ca.
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): McKenna Wild, (416) 969-2774,mwild@environicspr.com