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SOCAN, CSI Strike Licensing Deal with Google Play for Canada’s Music Creators

Toronto – Canada’s leading organizations for the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers, SOCAN and CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. (CSI) have completed a licensing agreement that clears a path to compensation for their more than 120,000 members and clients whose creative works are used in Google Play Music, which Google today announced is now available in Canada. This includes a music locker, a cloud-based store for purchasing music and a streaming music subscription service.

The organizations had been negotiating for several months to establish initial licensing terms and conditions for the music streaming, music purchase, and cloud locker service that would enable its availability in Canada. SOCAN and CSI now look to build upon the success of the initial agreement as music rights holders increasingly depend on fair compensation for streaming music for their livelihood.
“SOCAN is pleased that we have reached an initial licensing agreement with Google for Google Play Music,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. “Legal and ethical streaming that compensates music creators is good for everyone, and especially fans of music and users of Google Play who can feel better that songwriters, composers and music publishers are sharing in the revenues from Canadian subscribers.”

“This agreement with Google is an important step in ensuring that music streaming and downloading continues to gain popularity and revenues in Canada, to the benefit of music rights-holders and music fans alike,” said Caroline Rioux, president of Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA).

“This agreement illustrates the benefits of working together to ensuring that music creators are remunerated: music fans, new digital music services like Google Play as well as the members we represent, regardless of size, all stand to benefit from these collective efforts,” said Alain Lauzon, general manager, Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC).

On behalf of its member songwriters, composers and music publishers, SOCAN looks after public performances of live and recorded music. CSI licenses the rights for the reproduction of music in the joint repertoire of CMRRA and SODRAC, providing a convenient one-stop licensing shop to access a worldwide music repertoire for use in Canada. These collaborative licensing agreements are designed to benefit music rights holders and music users alike, so that music can be used and enjoyed legally and ethically, and the creators compensated fairly.

“We are excited that as a result of the unprecedented joint licensing agreements with SOCAN, CMRRA and SODRAC we are now able to bring Google Play Music to Canada. Now Canadians can enjoy great music on all their devices from our comprehensive music service which offers free cloud storage for their personal collection, a streaming subscription service with 25-million songs, and a store to buy individual tracks and albums,” said Sami Valkonen, director of International Music Partnerships, Google Play.

SOCAN and CSI diligently work to protect their members’ rights, so that music services are appropriately licensed before launching in Canada.

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 120,000 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.

About CSI
CMRRA-SODRAC Inc. (CSI) is a joint venture of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). CSI licenses the reproduction rights in the joint repertoire of CMRRA and SODRAC to various music users, including radio stations, background music services and online music services. Together, CMRRA and SODRAC represent the vast majority of songwriters and music publishers whose songs are active in the Canadian market place.

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Media contacts:
CMRRA: Caroline Rioux at (416) 926-1966, ext. 234, CRioux@cmrra.ca
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca
SODRAC: Gilles Lessard, (514) 845-3268, ext. 248, glessard@sodrac.ca

SOCAN Raises the Bar for Music Rights in Québec with Appointment of Geneviève Côté to Chief Québec Affairs Officer

Montreal and Toronto – Music industry leader Geneviève Côté has joined SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – in the newly created role of Chief Québec Affairs Officer, with a mandate of elevating SOCAN’s success and presence in Québec by raising awareness of SOCAN and important issues among regional politicians, influential journalists, and essential stakeholders.

Working directly with CEO Eric Baptiste as SOCAN’s primary high-level point of contact for the Québec music industry, SOCAN licensees, opinion leaders and decision-makers, Côté will build an even more meaningful presence for the organization at important events, forums and conferences. As manager of SOCAN’s Montréal office, she will work with a team of more than 20 full-time employees who serve the Quebec-based 25,000-plus members and the many thousands of businesses in the province that are licensed to play music.

“I am very excited to join a management team that cares deeply about the interests of music creators,” Côté said. “To have rubbed shoulders with them, first as a member of SOCAN for 10 years, and then even more closely as a Director on its Board, I know that the SOCAN team is just as passionate as I am about SOCAN’s mission, and I’m thrilled to extend my role with SOCAN as the organization’s leader in Québec.”

As Québec and Canada approach key electoral periods, it is especially important that the critical concerns and integral role of SOCAN’s more than 120,000 total members are heard and realized by provincial and federal government, industry influencers, and like-minded organizations, so that music creation remains strong and valuable aspects of Canada’s economy, culture and pride.

“The drive and passion that I have seen Geneviève give to her work as a music publisher and manager, and as a Director, will be huge assets to SOCAN’s member songwriters, composers and publishers,” Baptiste said. “Geneviève will raise the bar by working tirelessly to make sure that all of our Québec-based authors, composers and music publishers can benefit from all of the opportunities that SOCAN can create for them, both in Canada and around the globe.”

Geneviève Côté has a law degree from Ottawa University and has been working in the entertainment industry since 1998. Her first few years were spent working with independent production companies such as Productions J, Zone3, Just For Laughs and Diffusion YFB. For the last 10 years, Geneviève has been running her own business, Frilance Musique, dividing her time between managing artists such as Montreal-based singer-songwriter Ian Kelly, Guillaume Arsenault and Little Suns, and music publishing for clients like Kelly, Arsenault, Rachel Therrien and Jean-Fred Messier. Very active on the Montréal music scene, she has covered a wide array of roles including publicist, booker, production manager, concert promoter and music video production executive. She sat on the boards of la Société pour la promotion de la relève musicale de l’espace francophone (SOPREF), Société du Droit de Reproduction des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs au Canada (SODRAC) and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame before she was elected in 2009 to the Board of Directors of SOCAN and the SOCAN Foundation. She also sits on the board of directors of Les Francouvertes.

Geneviève Côté starts work with SOCAN on April 28th.
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 120,000 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

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Media Contact:
Andrew Berthoff
SOCAN, Communications & Marketing
(416) 442-3836
berthoffa@socan.ca
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La SOCAN met la barre haute pour les droits musicaux au Québec en accueillant Geneviève Côté à titre de Chef des affaires du Québec

Montréal et Toronto – Geneviève Côté, une figure importante de l’industrie de la musique au Québec se joint à l’équipe de la SOCAN – la Société canadienne des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique – pour occuper les fonctions nouvellement créées de Chef des affaires du Québec. Elle aura pour mandat d’accroître la présence et le rayonnement de la SOCAN au Québec en favorisant la sensibilisation à cet organisme et à ses importants enjeux auprès des politiciens, des journalistes influents et des principaux intervenants du milieu artistique québécois.

Travaillant directement avec le chef de la direction, Eric Baptiste, comme premier point de contact de la haute direction de la SOCAN pour les membres du milieu de la musique québécoise, les détenteurs de licence SOCAN, les leaders d’opinion et les décideurs du Québec, Mme Côté accroitra la présence de l’organisation lors des événements, forums et congrès d’importance. En tant que directrice du bureau de Montréal de la SOCAN, elle travaillera avec une équipe de plus de vingt employés à temps plein qui servent les quelque 25 000 membres et plus du Québec et les milliers d’entreprises de la province autorisées à divertir avec de la musique.

« Je suis ravie de me joindre à une équipe de direction qui a profondément à cœur les intérêts des créateurs de musique, dit Mme Côté. Pour l’avoir côtoyée, d’abord en tant que membre de la société pendant dix ans, puis encore plus étroitement en tant que membre de son Conseil d’administration, je sais que l’équipe de la SOCAN est tout aussi passionnée que moi pour sa mission, et c’est avec enthousiasme et fierté que je la rejoins en tant que chef de l’organisation au Québec. »

Alors que le Québec et le Canada approchent de périodes électorales cruciales, il est particulièrement important que les grandes préoccupations des 120 000 membres et plus de la SOCAN soient entendues par les gouvernements provinciaux et fédéral, par les membres influents de l’industrie et les autres organisations semblables, afin que la création musicale demeure un élément précieux et dynamique de l’économie, de la culture et de la fierté du Canada.

« L’énergie et la passion que j’ai vu Geneviève mettre dans son travail comme éditrice et gérante ainsi que comme membre du Conseil seront d’énormes atouts pour tous les membres de la SOCAN, qu’ils soient auteurs, compositeurs ou éditeurs, dit M. Baptiste. Geneviève haussera la barre en travaillant sans relâche à veiller à ce que les auteurs, les compositeurs et les éditeurs du Québec profitent de toutes les occasions que la SOCAN crée pour eux, tant au Canada qu’autour du monde. »

Geneviève Côté est diplômée de l’Université d’Ottawa et travaille dans l’industrie du divertissement depuis 1998. Elle a passé ses premières années à travailler pour des maisons de production indépendantes telles que Productions J, Zone3, Juste pour rire et Diffusion YFB. Ces dix dernières années, Geneviève a dirigé sa propre entreprise,Frilance Musique, partageant son temps entre le management de l’auteur-compositeur- interprète montréalais Ian Kelly ainsi que Guillaume Arsenault et Little Suns, et l’édition musicale de ceux-ci en plus de clients comme Rachel Therrien et Jean-Fred Messier. Très active sur la scène musicale de Montréal, elle a joué de nombreux rôles comme celui de relationniste, agente de spectacles, directrice de production et productrice de spectacles et de vidéos musicales. Elle a siégé aux conseils de la Société pour la promotion de la relève musicale de l’espace francophone (SOPREF), de la Société du droit de reproduction des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs au Canada (SODRAC) et du Panthéon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens avant d’être élue en 2009 au Conseil d’administration de la SOCAN et de la Fondation SOCAN. Elle siège également au conseil des Francouvertes.

Mme Côté commencera à travailler à la SOCAN le 28 avril prochain.

Au sujet de la SOCAN
La SOCAN est une organisation sans but lucratif appartenant à ses membres qui représente au Canada les droits d’exécution de plus de trois millions de créateurs et éditeurs de musique canadiens et étrangers. La SOCAN est fière de jouer le rôle de chef de file en soutenant le succès à long terme de ses quelque 120 000 membres canadiens et plus ainsi que celui de l’industrie musicale canadienne. La SOCAN licencie plus de 125 000 entreprises au Canada et répartit ces redevances entre ses membres et ceux des organisations de droits d’exécution à travers le monde. La SOCAN répartit aussi des redevances entre ses membres pour l’utilisation de leur musique à l’étranger en collaboration avec ses sociétés affiliées. www.socan.ca
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Contact des médias :
Stéphanie Falco
SOCAN
(514) 250-6202
falcos@socan.ca

Eric Baptiste elected Chairperson of the CISAC Board of Directors

Paris – CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, announced today the election of Mr. Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada  as Chairperson of its Board of Directors. Ms. Marisa Gandelman, CEO of UBC (Brazil) and Mr. Javier Gutierrez, CEO of VEGAP (Spain), continue holding their positions as Vice-Chairs.

With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric Baptiste has influenced media, cultural policies, and collective management of rights around the world. He has strong links with CISAC, having served as Director General of the organization from 1999 to 2010.

In January 2010, Mr. Baptiste was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SOCAN, the Canadian performing rights organisation, and under his leadership the organization has achieved new records in music licensing collected for its more than 120,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers. While serving as SOCAN CEO, he continued being active at CISAC, including as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and as chair of CISAC committees.

“I and SOCAN feel particularly honoured that the CISAC board of directors chose me as their chairperson,” Mr. Baptiste said. “CISAC and the creative community are dear to my heart and, together with fantastic vice-chairs Marisa Gandelman and Javier Gutierrez, I look forward to helping CISAC provide leadership and unity to its 227 member collective management organizations in 120 countries in these times of profound change for the cultural and entertainment business.”

Olivier Hinnewinkel, Director General of CISAC, said: “We are delighted that Eric Baptiste has been elected as our Chairperson. CISAC will greatly benefit from Eric’s detailed understanding of the inner workings of the entertainment industry internationally, as well as his in-depth knowledge of our organization. Under his stewardship, we will continue to put creators front and centre of the copyright debate to further promote their interests.”

Before joining SOCAN, Mr. Baptiste was General Manager of French public International Radio RFI and CEO of 95.2 Paris, a French commercial FM station. He has also headed several trade associations and inter-industry groups, including Musiques France Plus and Vive la Radio.

A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the École nationale d’administration, Eric was bestowed the French government’s award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2006.

Media Contacts:

Cécile ROY – Director of Communications, CISAC
Tel: +33 1 55 62 08 86
E-mail: cecile.roy@cisac.org

Andrew Berthoff
Vice-President of Communications, SOCAN
Tel: +1 416 442 3836
E-mail: berthoffa@socan.ca

Businesses Using Music "Licensed to Play" with New SOCAN Program

Toronto – SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – today announced an awareness-raising “Licensed to Play” program for the more than 125,000 organizations across Canada that put music to work to make their business better.

“Licensed to Play is a long-term program with a core objective of encouraging businesses and their customers to think of music as an instrumental aspect of their experience,” said Jennifer Brown, vice president of Licensing at SOCAN. “By displaying the Licensed to Play emblem proudly, businesses affirm that they put music to work ethically and legally, and recognize that music adds value to the business and customer experience. Staying current with their SOCAN license enables an organization to be ‘Licensed to Play,’ and upholds its support for those who create the music that they and their customers love.”

The multi-faceted program will begin with the introduction of the Licensed to Play graphic and the distribution of a sticker to more than 30,000 retail establishments, bars, restaurants, fitness studios, clubs and offices that are current with their 2014 SOCAN license. As businesses continue to report directly to SOCAN, more stickers will be distributed. A digital version also will be distributed to licensed new media accounts to display on their websites. Businesses are encouraged to exhibit the Licensed to Play graphic on windows and doors to show their support for music to customers, employees, partners, and the more than 120,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers that comprise SOCAN’s membership.

“Songwriters, composers and music publishers truly appreciate the support that they receive from businesses that are licensed to play music,” Brown added. “The Licensed to Play campaign showcases the implicit partnership and mutual admiration that licensed businesses have with our members. Displaying the Licensed to Play graphic shows our members that businesses putting music to work value their music and support their fair compensation.”

SOCAN’s members will feel a positive impact from the program, allowing them to recognize their partners in business. Multiple Juno and SOCAN award winner Johnny Reid said about businesses that are licensed to play music: “Our music benefits the retail experience for your customers while providing SOCAN members with an outlet for their music. We truly appreciate this mutually beneficial relationship and its contribution to our lives.”

The program includes social media elements, with contests and incentives to SOCAN members, licensees and the general public for sharing sightings and stories when they see the Licensed to Play sticker, which not only represents an ethical and legal business decision, but provides a gateway to the world’s repertoire of music. A SOCAN license covers almost all commercial music in the world, and Licensed to Play symbolizes respect for music creation, fair play and fun.

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 120,000 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.

Media Contacts:
Leigh Kenderdine, 416-445-8700, ext. 3618, kenderdinel@socan.ca
Amal Yassir, 416-445-8700, ext. 3747, yassira@socan.ca

SOCAN 2013 Results Expected to Break Records

Toronto – Canada’s music performing rights organization, SOCAN, is on track to set new records for revenue and distributions to member songwriters, composers and music publishers, as the company previewed highlight results for the 2013 fiscal year.

Among the preliminary[1] 2013 financial results for SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada:

  • A record year for total revenue, $276-million brought in for members, an increase of approximately nine per cent over 2012.
  • International revenue of $51-million, the first time that SOCAN members have surpassed the $50-million mark for royalties originating from outside of Canada – an increase of eight per cent over 2012.
  • A record $240-million was distributed in 2013 to members, a year-over-year increase of nine per cent (excluding years with extraordinary arrears payments to members).
  • Internet streaming revenues of $3.2-million were distributed to members – another first.

“Like Canada’s songwriters and composers themselves, SOCAN is increasingly leading and breaking records on the world stage,” said CEO Eric Baptiste. “While our more than 120,000 members are creating music that is heard more than ever in virtually every corner of the globe, SOCAN is becoming even better at identifying just where those places are, bringing in those royalties, and paying those royalties out to those who deserve to be compensated fairly for their extraordinary work and talent.”

Financial results have benefitted from SOCAN’s long-term investments in technology, streamlining processes and overall improved efficiencies, while maintaining services. These changes will positively impact future results by lowering overhead expenses and increasing distributions to members.

Despite the negative impact of an unusually strong Canadian dollar in recent years, the increase in international royalties in 2013 continues the positive trend since 2007 that has seen royalties surge from $39-million in 2007 to $47-million in 2012 and now $51-million in 2013, with the number of SOCAN-member songwriters, composers and music publishers who receive royalties from outside of Canada more than doubling.

“There’s more music played in more places in more ways than ever before,” Baptiste added, “and SOCAN is working harder than ever for our members. Our 2013 results are a prime example of SOCAN’s continuing commitment to raising the bar for music rights. While more work is required in certain areas, including the need to address ongoing legal uncertainties relating to the use of music on the Internet, we hope that upcoming Copyright Board decisions will affirm the rights of our members and result in royalty increases for those uses.”

Last year SOCAN surpassed the 120,000 milestone for total number of members. The organization also reported that total number of businesses licensed to play music legally and ethically numbered more than 125,000. SOCAN expects to release its complete 2013 financial report this spring.

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 120,000 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.

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

[1] The current numbers are estimates, with the final figures becoming available after the March 2014 meeting of the SOCAN Board of Directors.

SOCAN Tops 120,000 Members

Toronto – SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – has surpassed the 120,000-member mark, further evidence that the business of songwriting, composing and music publishing is thriving in Canada.

“Surpassing the 120,000-member milestone is a celebration of the extraordinary musical talent that Canada deserves to boast,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “In the past two years especially, the number of SOCAN members has spiked, indicating that more Canadians than ever are embracing songwriting, composing and music publishing as a career, and a successful career in music-creation starts with joining SOCAN.”

SOCAN ensures that its members are fairly compensated when their copyrighted music is performed in public, by businesses, in concerts, in film and television, on the radio and on the Internet. The royalties that SOCAN identifies, collects and distributes to its members are an increasingly more important source of income for Canadian songwriters and composers.

The steadily increasing number of SOCAN members is good news not only for Canadian music fans, but for those around the world who have come to love the outstanding music that SOCAN members create. Royalties from international performances of SOCAN-member music increased from $39-million in 2007 to $47-million in 2012, and are expected to achieve more than $50-million in 2013 – the largest amount ever. Total royalties distributed by SOCAN to members in 2012 were nearly $220-million.

“As a Canadian, a career in writing music is highly unlikely – if not impossible – without SOCAN finding the royalties that you have earned and deserve,” said Stephan Moccio, Canadian pianist, composer, producer, arranger, conductor, recording artist and one of the co-writers of “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus’ hit single. “Making music is my passion, but it’s also my career, so my first advice to all songwriters and composers is this: Join SOCAN.”

Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia are the provinces with the largest number of SOCAN songwriters, composers and publishers, at 39-, 25- and 16-percent, respectively, of overall membership, and concentration of SOCAN members roughly reflects overall population percentages.

See graphic following for the provincial breakdown of where SOCAN’s 120,000+ member songwriters, composers and publishers reside.

Provincial Breakdown of SOCAN’s 120,000 members

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 120,000 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

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Media Contact:
Michael Critchley
SOCAN, Communications & Marketing
416-445-8700 ext. 3784
critchleym@socan.ca

SOCAN Adds Saxberg to Leadership Ensemble

Toronto – Canadian music industry leader Catharine Saxberg has been appointed Head of International Relations for SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – a role created in response to the substantial growth in royalties found outside of Canada and distributed back to SOCAN’s more than 120,000 members.

Until joining SOCAN in January 2014, Saxberg will continue as the Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), where she has been responsible for all operations of the organization since 2005, including strategic planning, government relations, communications, board relations, administration, policy development, financial and staff management.

“With Catharine Saxberg’s help we will create even more opportunities for SOCAN members beyond Canadian borders,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “She will work with our International team to manage relationships with partner performing rights organizations around the world, particularly the larger ones that provide more than 90 percent of SOCAN members’ international royalties.”

Royalties from international performances of SOCAN-member music increased from $39-million in 2007 to $47-million in 2012, and are expected to achieve more than $50-million in 2013 – the largest amount ever. Total royalties distributed by SOCAN to members in 2012 were nearly $220-million.

“Catharine has been the guiding force in making the Canadian Music Publishers Association one of the strongest music publishing associations in the world,” said Jodie Ferneyhough, president of the CMPA and head of CCS Rights Management. “She has forged bonds with the National Music Publishers’ Association, the International Confederation of Music Publishers, and a majority of the associations and music publishing companies around the world. Her work here at home has put Music Publishers on the map and she has established herself and the publishing community as the voice of reason in Ottawa in the unsettled world of copyright and copyright reform. Although a direct loss to the CMPA, Catharine in her new role at SOCAN will continue to be an advocate for music publishers and all rights holders.”

In addition to being Executive Director of the CMPA, Catharine Saxberg has served asExecutive Director of the Radio Starmaker Fund; Senior Project Director with Balmur Corus Music; and Director of Marketing, Canadian Broadcast Sales. She also has been co-chair of Canadian Music Week; a director with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame; and a member of the National Advisory Board of FACTOR.

About SOCAN

SOCAN is s 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 120,000 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.

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Media Contact:
Andrew Berthoff
SOCAN
Vice-President, Communications & Marketing
(416) 442-3836
berthoffa@socan.ca

SOCAN Salutes Quebec Music Success at Annual Gala

EMBARGO: UNTIL 5:00 P.M. ON NOVEMBER 26, 2013

Montreal – SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – proudly saluted its Francophone members’ outstanding achievements at its 24th annual SOCAN Awards on Nov. 26, 2013, at a gala event at the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel.

“The Montreal SOCAN Awards gala is an opportunity to set aside the music industry’s current challenges and the constant need to fight for the rights of music creators and to take the time to applaud their achievements. So, let us follow the lead of our host, the popular SOCAN member Vincent Vallières, and celebrate the vitality of our music,” SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste urged the audience as the show opened.

As part of the 24th edition, SOCAN awards were presented to authors, composers and music publishers for their 2012 accomplishments in the pop, concert, instrumental, and film and television music genres. Louise Forestier, a Francophone music pioneer with a career spanning four decades, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while André Perry, the founder of the sound recording institution of Le Studio and an active industry force to this day, received the Special Achievement Award.

A number of Quebec songs having achieved more than 25,000 radio plays received SOCAN Classics awards, and their creators – Yves Décary and Germain Gauthier; Roch Voisine and his co-writers Rosanna Ciciola, Yves Décary and Tino Izzo; Marcel Lefebvre and Carl Katz; Pierre Flynn; Pierre Bertrand; Pierre Huet and Robert Léger; Rudy Caya and his co-writers Nicole Beausoleil, Frédéric Bonicard, Rodolphe Fortier, Claude Samson and Michel Vaillancourt – were warmly applauded by their peers.

Songwriters honoured also included the creators of the 10 most-performed Francophone rock and pop songs of 2012, including Ariane Brunet; Sophie Nault and Sylvain Michel;  Amylie, Sophie Beaudet and Daniel Beaumont; François Lachance; Daniel Bélanger; Marc Dupré and Nelson Minville; Steve Veilleux; and Jérôme Dupras, Marie-Annick Lépine and Jean-François Pauzé.

In the instrumental music categories, Misteur Valaire’s DRouin, France, Jules, Luis and To collected the Hagood Hardy Award, while the internationally successful composer Ana Sokolovic was presented with the New Classical Music Award. Louis Côté and K-Maro shared the Chanson Internationale prize for the most-performed Canadian Francophone song abroad.

Film and television music awards were presented to screen composers Sari Dajani; Iohann Martin and Rudy Toussaint; Paul-Étienne Côté; Serge Essiambre; Raymond Fabi; Anthony Rozankovic; and James Gelfand.

Ricky J, Show Stephens and Karl Wolf received the Chanson Anglophone award for the English-language song written by resident of Quebec that has received the most airplay across the country in the past year.

Finally, Alain Simard received SOCAN’s Patron of Music Award for the cooperative approach and copyright awareness of L’Équipe Spectra, a group whose major productions and events include Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and FrancoFolies de Montréal.

About SOCAN
SOCAN represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of 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 120,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN collects license fees from over 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies.

View the Winners List

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Media Contacts:

Anne Richard, SOCAN
Communications & Marketing
514-844-8377, ext. 4943,
richarda@socan.ca

Lise Raymond
Communications Lise Raymond (for SOCAN)
(450) 640-0500
lise@clraymond.com

SOCAN Members Can Get Paid More for Music on YouTube

Toronto – SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – has entered into a groundbreaking agreement with Audiam that will make it easier for SOCAN members to receive additional money that they deserve from the use of their music in any videos posted to YouTube.

The deal is believed to be the first of its kind for a performing rights organization and allows artists to collect money from:
•    Fans covering their songs on YouTube
•    Fan lyric videos
•    Fan-created “album cover” or static image videos
•    Fan videos of live performances
•    Official music videos
•    Fan-created music videos
•    Any other type of video on YouTube using their song, either from the original recording or a new version

Launched in July 2013, Audiam identifies and collects money earned by songwriters and music publishers for use of their works in YouTube videos, including songs written and/or recorded by major artists such as Brad Lyons (Oceanship), Bluewater Music Canada, Jason Mraz, Steve Vai, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Jimmy Buffett, The Doobie Brothers, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Rodney Carrington, Miranda Lambert, Steve Lee, 50 Cent, Ron Pope and many more.

Earlier in 2013, SOCAN granted YouTube a performing rights license for Canada covering the years from 2007 to the present, but now SOCAN members can also sign up with Audiam to earn extra money from ad revenue sharing schemes generated by the use of their music from views of their own videos or those posted by the millions of YouTube users.

“SOCAN members now can obtain an additional revenue stream on YouTube with Audiam,” said Eric Baptiste, chief executive officer of SOCAN. “YouTube is the number-one destination site on the planet for music discovery, streaming more than a trillion views annually across billions of videos. Our members should be compensated for the commercial use of their music no matter where it appears. With the SOCAN and Audiam cooperation, we make possible and practical the extraordinarily complicated process of identifying, tracking and collecting money that SOCAN members have rightfully earned, including for the first time revenues above and beyond the one generated by copyright licensing.”

The new worldwide deal between SOCAN and Audiam complements SOCAN’s more traditional Canadian licensing agreement with YouTube, generating additional YouTube income for creators and publishers affiliated with SOCAN, securing them an even larger portion of YouTube revenues. This multipronged approach is consistent with SOCAN’s view that in today’s digital and borderless world, collective rights management organizations should explore innovative ways to uphold the value of the music created or published by their members on new outlets or services.

The agreement between SOCAN and Audiam enables SOCAN members to:
•    Identify YouTube videos using participating SOCAN members’ music
•    Authorize YouTube to place advertising on the videos, ensuring that every video generates revenue
•    Collect money and pay participating SOCAN members for the plays of their music in YouTube videos
•    Advocate for and enforce SOCAN members’ rights
•    Track and obtain back-revenues owed to songwriters, composers and music publishers
•    Arrange for a “buy link” to be posted below YouTube videos with their songs

There is no up-front fee to join Audiam. In return for the comprehensive service, Audiam normally charges a 25-percent administration fee of whatever it collects from YouTube for videos using music that Audiam represents outside of a member’s own YouTube “channel.”

Any of the more than 115,000 members of SOCAN who sign up with Audiam will enjoy a reduced administration fee of 15-percent until November 30, 2014. To get started, SOCAN members must go to: http://www.audiam.com/socan. Once they create a free account, they simply provide song and publishing information.

SOCAN will provide technology and distribution support, as well as a detailed and transparent accounting of revenues tracked, collected and paid to the member. The organization’s back-office integration with Audiam’s systems enables seamless accounting for SOCAN members who join Audiam.

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 115,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses from coast-to-coast 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 Audiam
Audiam (www.audiam.com) makes money for artists every time their music is used on YouTube and across the entire Internet. Audiam finds videos on YouTube that use its customers’ songs, authorizes YouTube to put ads on those videos, and administers the artist’s share of the money back to them. Artists get 100% of the money generated from their own YouTube videos while also earning money from other people’s videos using their music. There is no up-front cost to use the service. Audiam is used by artists, music publishers and labels – anyone who controls the master, the composition, or both. In partnership with DistroKid (www.distrokid.com), Audiam also offers a music distribution service to leading download and streaming services, where artists keep their rights and get 100% of the money from the sale or use of their music.

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For more information

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

For Audiam in Canada
Don Hogarth, Hogarth Communications
don@hogarthpr.com / 416-565-8920

For Audiam in the United States
Brendan Gilmartin, Chart Room Media
Brendan@chartroommedia.com / 347-450-3048

SOCAN Names McCarty Chief Membership & Business Development Officer

TORONTO – SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – has announced that Canadian music industry leader Michael McCarty has been appointed to the position of Chief Membership & Business Development Officer, and that Irene Zeltway has been promoted from Director, National Member Operations, to become Head of Membership.

In the newly-created position, McCarty will play a key role in ensuring that SOCAN extends its place as a vital leader among global music rights organizations and the choice of songwriters, composers and music publishers. He will be responsible for leading innovation in the Membership department of 40 full time employees to envision, create and deliver cutting-edge 21st century services to current and future SOCAN members.

McCarty has more than 25 years’ experience in the music industry, including 18 as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada. He was most recently President of Canadian rights management company, ole. As a passionate advocate for Canadian talent, he played a key role in the development and international success of many notable Canadian artists and songwriters, such as Sum 41, Three Days Grace, City and Colour, Montreal-based Sky, Billy Talent, Matthew Good, Moist, and many more. McCarty has also worked with renowned international artists such as Timbaland and Michael Jackson.

Among his other achievements are terms as a member of the Board of Directors for SOCAN, the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), as well as a founding director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has also been a strong proponent of copyright reform, appearing as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliament and Senate.

Additionally, Irene Zeltway has been appointed Head of Membership, and will report to McCarty. As Head of Membership, Zeltway continues her 21-year career at SOCAN (and its precursor, CAPAC), where she has played a significant role in expanding the organization’s Membership department, most recently as Manager, and then Director, of National Member Operations. Over her 36 years in the Canadian music industry, Zeltway has worked in several roles, including Vice-President and General Manager of Music Manufacturing Services, and General Manager of Power Records Inc.

“Mike McCarty is one of the Canadian music industry’s major players, and SOCAN is honoured to have him on our team,” said CEO Eric Baptiste. “Mike’s extensive experience and passion for the industry, and his deep understanding of and respect for all regional and linguistic contributions to our unique Canadian culture, will be vital additions to SOCAN’s leadership team, bolstering SOCAN’s ability to retain and grow its business as the music industry continues its exciting transition into the digital future. Working in tandem with Irene Zeltway, herself a proven industry leader, SOCAN will continue to expand its role on the national and world stage in serving, protecting and promoting the rights of our more than 115,000 members.”

Both appointments were prompted by the retirement of France Lafleur as Vice President, Membership, who concludes her career with SOCAN after more than 30 years at SOCAN and one of its predecessors, CAPAC, in various positions, including guiding Membership and, before that, SOCAN’s Licensing department, to consistent and substantial success.

About SOCAN

SOCAN is a not-for-profit, 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 115,000 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

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Media Contact:
Andrew Berthoff
VP Communications & Marketing
Tel: (416) 442-3836
E-mail: berthoffa@socan.ca