Frequently AskedQuestions.

  • General
  • Concert Performances
  • Copyright
  • Digital Audio Identification
  • Membership
  • Private Copying
  • International Royalties
  • Royalties
  • Internet Distribution
  • Music licenses – general
  • Online Concerts - Licensing
  • Paying for a music license
  • Reproduction Rights - Licensing
  • About music licensing
General
My relative was a SOCAN member, and I am their executor (or beneficiary). What do I need to do?
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Please contact SOCAN to speak with a representative from our Membership department.
Who does SOCAN work with?
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SOCAN works with music creators and publishers, Canadian businesses and events, and other music rights organizations worldwide. We work to ensure that our more than 175,000 members – songwriters, composers, and music publishers, and the hundreds of thousands of creators and publishers from around the world – are compensated when their music is broadcast or performed in public. We serve and champion music creators and publishers, advocate for them, and protect their rights.
What is SOCAN?
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SOCAN is a not-for-profit music rights organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide, and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data, as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value, and that music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work.
Which SOCAN license do I need to play music in my business?
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SOCAN offers music licenses for virtually all types of business music use. Your business may therefore need more than one license depending on the various uses you make of the music (eg one license for background music, one for live music, etc.). Click here to learn more about SOCAN licensing.
Concert Performances
How am I paid for my live-music performances?
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To receive concert royalties, you must complete and submit a Notification of Live Performance (NLMP) form, along with proof of your performance (e.g., a ticket stub, program book, contract, etc.). SOCAN Members have up to one year from the date of the performance to submit this information to SOCAN. Once we receive the license fee payment from the promoter and/or venue, you can expect to be paid through SOCAN’s quarterly distribution.
Are there any tax implications for me if the concert occurred a few years ago and I’m being paid now?
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In Canada, you pay taxes only on income received in that time-period.
What are “Unidentified Concert” performances?
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SOCAN maintains a list of Unidentified Concert Performances in the members’ secure section of socan.com. Simply log in, then go to SOCAN Performances & Repertoire, select Unidentified Performances, then select concerts with no set lists. We encourage you to search that list for any concerts where you believe your music was performed, and for that matter, any other unpaid concerts of which you may be aware. We need your help to get you paid.
Where should I submit my set list/concert notification?
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There are a number of ways to do that, and SOCAN is here to help. Log into your account and check the Unidentified Concerts List. If you find a concert you’ve played that’s been filed with SOCAN but doesn’t have a set list, follow the steps to provide your set list in order to get paid. If you have “no shows” on the Unidentified Concerts List but have played a show within the past year, that you want to get paid for, visit our Creators’ Toolbox page to access and complete the “Notification of Live Music Performance” form. For more information, review our Concerts 101 document in the Creators’ Toolbox.
How long do I have to submit a concert?
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The sooner we can identify what was performed, the sooner we can get the royalties to the right people. But we will not distribute or release any funds until we know where they should rightfully go. You have one year to report a new show you performed if it's not on the Unidentified Concerts List. Once we know the titles of the music that was performed at the concert, the rights holders will receive their deserved shares of royalties for any performance of their music at any licensed event. The Unidentified Concerts List covers performances up to three years old.
Copyright
What is a reproduction right?
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Sometimes called the "mechanical" right, the reproduction right is the right to authorize the reproduction of your musical work on various media including streaming, downloads, CDs and vinyl records.
How do I obtain permission to sample a song?
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Using any samples without permission of the original copyright owner may constitute copyright infringement. In that case, both the copyright owner of the recording of the song or composition, and the copyright owner of the song or composition itself, must grant permission.
How do I obtain permission to arrange or adapt a song?
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If you wish to arrange or adapt an original copyright-protected musical work, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder of that work.
How do I obtain permission to record a song?
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Anyone wishing to copy a song must first seek the permission of the copyright owner(s) by obtaining some mechanical or reproduction rights license.
How long does a copyright last?
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In Canada, copyright generally lasts for 50 years after the author (or the last surviving author) dies. However, there are exceptions. Copyright laws are different in other countries and the term of copyright may vary.
How do I copyright my work?
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Copyright is inherent upon the creation of a musical work.
What is "fair dealing" or "fair use"?
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The Canadian term "fair dealing" is similar but not the same as the American term "fair use." In Canada, it means that copyright is not infringed when a part of a work is used for private study, research, education, parody, satire, criticism, review or news reporting. Fair dealing is a case-by-case assessment based on factors set out by the Canadians courts.
When is a performance a grand right versus a small right?
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SOCAN represents the "small" performing rights in songs and compositions. When they’re used in theatrical shows and/or operas that combine the music with staging, dialogue, and costuming, it’s referred to as a "grand" right. Anne of Green Gables by Norman Campbell, and The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, are both productions which have "grand" rights. To obtain a grand right license, you must contact the publisher of the songs and compositions.
What is Public Domain Music?
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In Canada, a song or composition enters the public domain 50 years after the year of the death of the last surviving writer/composer/author of the work. No fees are typically due if all the songs or compositions in a performance are public domain. You’re responsible for submitting a program to SOCAN for final determination.
What is a performing right?
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A performing right is the right to perform musical works in public or communicate them to the public by telecommunication. SOCAN members have assigned this right to SOCAN to administer (i.e., license and distribute royalties) and enforce on their behalf. Tariffs for performing rights are set by the Copyright Board of Canada.
What is the Copyright Board of Canada?
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The Copyright Board of Canada is an economic regulatory body empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works, when the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective-administration society.
What is the difference between performing right and reproduction right?
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You can review both rights on the SOCAN Rights Management page.
Digital Audio Identification
Does BDS send registered songs to radio for airplay?
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No. BDS tracks radio airplay. It doesn’t submit music to radio stations for airplay.
How do I ensure that my songs have been registered with BDS?
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Check with your record label or management to determine whether your songs have been sent to BDS. If you’re still uncertain, you can contact BDS by e-mail at clientservices@nielsen.com .If your songs are not currently registered with BDS, visit www.nielsen.com.
How accurate is the information that BDS supplies?
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BDS encodes (or “fingerprints”) songs received from radio stations, record labels, managers, publishers, songwriters, etc. BDS identifies approximately 96 percent of the songs aired on applicable stations. That information is 100 percent accurate.
I had a performance on a census station, but I didn’t get paid for it. What happened?
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A song must be registered with both SOCAN and BDS in order to be paid in the current distribution. A song identified in the performance data provided by BDS that has not been registered with SOCAN will be categorized as “unidentified” until it is identified, at which time payment will be processed. Although BDS has a very high rate of song identification (96 percent), there are cases where a song is not initially identified in the performance data. BDS then reviews approximately two weeks’ worth of radio tapes, and checks back with various stations, in an effort to identify as many additional works as possible.
Membership
How much does it cost to become a member of SOCAN?
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There is no cost to become a SOCAN member.
Does my membership with SOCAN expire?
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Your membership will be renewed every two years automatically, unless you notify us in accordance with your agreement in writing that you wish to terminate your SOCAN membership.
What does a music publisher do?
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The music publisher is the business partner in a musical composition. A good music publisher has the knowledge and contacts to promote a song or composition. Typically, a publisher enters into an agreement with the songwriter, whereby the songwriter assigns partial ownership and control of their songs to the publisher, in exchange for a percentage of the income derived from the exploitation of them. A reputable publisher never charges a fee for his/her service. To learn more, review SOCAN’s Publishing 101 in the Creators’ Toolbox.
How does SOCAN pay its composer and publisher members?
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SOCAN collects license fees from businesses that use music in Canada. Revenues are also received from SOCAN’s international peers for the use of its members’ works around the world. All the royalties that we collect – less our operating costs – are passed on to our members and affiliated societies.
What if I’m a member but my co-writer is not?
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You can register the song, indicating the division of ownership shares, and we’ll distribute your portion to you. Your co-writer will, unfortunately, not collect until they join SOCAN or an affiliated international performing rights society.
Private Copying
When will I receive private-copying royalties?
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A SOCAN distribution of private-copying royalties occurs as part of our quarterly distributions, once we receive our share of royalties from the CPCC.
How do I assign my private copy rights to SOCAN?
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All new SOCAN members have the option to assign this right to SOCAN and grant SOCAN the right to collect these royalties on their behalf. Your welcome package contains further information on this. Next, you must complete a Letter of Direction for all works in your catalogue. The Letter of Direction tells us how you want your private-copying shares paid (e.g., pay writer and publisher shares to the publisher). A Letter of Direction can be mailed to you or you can print the PDF version from the SOCAN website.
How are private-copying royalties distributed to SOCAN members?
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The Copyright Board has assigned this role to the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC). Private-copying royalties are collected and paid to the CPCC by the manufacturers and importers of blank media (e.g. CDs). SOCAN then makes claims to the CPCC on behalf of its members, based upon performance data collected and sales figures provided by Soundscan. These royalties are then distributed to our members to compensate copyright holders for the recording of musical works for private use. In order to receive private-copying royalties, SOCAN members must first assign SOCAN the right to collect these royalties from the CPCC on their behalf.
What is Private Copying?
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A "private copy" is a copy of a sound recording, or a substantial part of a musical work, of recorded music that is made by an individual for his or her own personal use. A copy made for someone else, or for any purpose other than the copier's own use, is not a private copy. In Canada, private copying is legal and does not infringe on copyright. Under Canada's Copyright Act, it is legal for individuals to copy recorded music for their own personal use. In exchange, there is a mechanism in place to compensate those with rights in that music: royalties for private copying.
International Royalties
How do my songs get registered in foreign territories if I don’t have a sub-publisher?
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If your repertoire of songs isn’t sub-published, societies in foreign territories have a couple ways of obtaining the details. The most common way is to consult CIS-Net. CIS-Net is a tool that allows societies, like SOCAN, to input the details of the domestic repertoire of songs they represent. In the case of SOCAN, “domestic” refers to any repertoire that is composed, written, or published by a SOCAN member. When SOCAN inputs repertoire on CIS-Net, all other societies are able to view the relevant details of all shareholders (names, IP numbers, share splits, etc.,). SOCAN shares the details of all its identified repertoire on CIS-Net. In this context, “identified” refers to repertoire where all the shareholders have been identified, and all of the shares allocated. If a society is unable to find your repertoire on CIS-Net, they would use title and performer information to identify an associated society and contact them to request a fiche. The fiche will contain all the details that would be posted on CIS-Net. If SOCAN is contacted and we have no record of the song, we will research the song to identify a rights holder. Where we are able to identify a rightsholder, we will contact them to initiate registration of the song in order to claim associated royalties.
How do my songs get registered in foreign territories if I have a sub-publisher?
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If your repertoire of songs is sub-published in a foreign territory, it is the responsibility of your sub-publisher to register your songs with the relevant society in that territory. This may happen in a number of ways: CWR (Common Work Registration) files, on-line registrations, emails, etc.
My songs have been performed internationally – what do I need to do?
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First make sure your songs are registered with SOCAN. SOCAN will collect your internationally royalties through their reciprocal agreements with other territories. You can learn more about international royalties here. If you meet payment thresholds as directed by the music rights organization in each territory, then your international royalties will seamlessly be directed to SOCAN on your behalf. Keep in mind, there are different rules in each territory and not every territory collects royalties for every use.
Royalties
I’ve been contacted by a third-party administrator suggesting I need to enlist their services to collect missed or unclaimed performing or reproduction rights royalties owed to me from around the world. What do I do?
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Make sure you are informed. If you are a SOCAN member or client and have registered your works with SOCAN we will collect ALL performing and/or reproduction rights royalties owed to you. We do this on your behalf through our reciprocal agreements with other Music Rights Organizations around the world. It is important to keep your catalogue up to date with any new work registrations and/or notify SOCAN of any new publishing agreements. Be sure to notify SOCAN of international uses of your works, and it’s always a good idea to review your statements. Call or email us if you have any questions, and we’ll be sure to investigate, on your behalf, any unclaimed royalties that may be owed to you.
Do I pay GST / HST on my royalties?
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SOCAN members do not pay GST/HST on their SOCAN royalties. SOCAN collects the GST/HST from the music users (licensees) and remits it directly to the government. Therefore, no GST/HST is either paid with or deducted from your quarterly royalties. SOCAN is registered under the Artist Representative (GST/HST) Regulations of the Excise Tax Act, which means it is in charge of collecting and remitting GST/HST to the government on behalf of our members. If you are questioned by Revenue Canada personnel, you should remind the representative of subsection 177(2) and the “Artists’ Representative (GST) Regulations” (SOR/91-25) of the Excise Tax Act. If you have any other tax related questions, we recommend that you consult an accountant.
Are there separate radio statements for census, survey and CBC?
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No. All radio performances appear on one radio statement. Census, survey and CBC performances are distinguished as RCEN, RSUR or RCBC. If you have online statements, you will be able to drill down to see further details for each performance (e.g., the specific station).
Does SOCAN charge a processing fee on incoming international royalties?
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No processing fees are charged on incoming money received from international societies.
How do I know where my music was played?
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Your quarterly distribution statement includes information about the source of domestic radio, television, and live music performances.
Does SOCAN issue advance royalty payments to members?
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Yes. SOCAN does offer advances to qualifying members upon request. Advances are based on a consideration of a member’s past earning history, and the confirmation of any significant amount of money expected to be earned in the very near future.
How are royalties divided among co-writers, band members, producers and others?
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Tell us how you want the royalties allocated, and we’ll make sure the royalties are sent in the percentages you’ve agreed to.
How often are performing royalty payments made?
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SOCAN makes royalty payments of $0.25 or more to its members on a quarterly basis, beginning February 15 of each calendar year. Members earning less than $500 per distribution quarter will only be paid through direct deposit into their accounts. Members who earn more than $500 in a quarter have the option of receiving their earnings by direct deposit or cheque.
Can I claim performance royalties if I’m arranging, orchestrating, transcribing or adapting a public domain work?
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Yes. You can claim shares if the work is in the public domain. SOCAN's distribution rules provide for credits that may vary depending upon the nature of the arrangement.
How far back can I claim royalties?
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This depends on the policies of the PRO in the territory of use. However, three years is the standard set by CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers). The sooner you notify SOCAN of a potentially missed payment, the better the chances are that we can recover those royalties for you.
What is SOCAN’s claim process?
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Once we receive notification from a member that they’ve not been paid for a use of music that they’ve created, we check that the type of performance being reported is payable in the applicable territory. Different territories have different distribution rules, and not all performances may be payable. If the use appears to be payable, we then check to see if we’ve received payments from the relevant performing rights organization (PRO) from the period covering the performance date. Most international PROs pay us at least one quarter behind our own distributions, and some, especially the smaller ones, may only pay us once a year, or less. If the performance should have been paid and the time-frame it was due has passed, or if it’s not clear whether the PRO pays on that particular performance type, we then submit a claim with that PRO. We send the relevant information provided by the member, along with a copy of the work registration, and request payment. We continue to follow up on these claims until either payment is received, or we receive a satisfactory answer as to why it cannot be paid, from the PRO.
Internet Distribution
Why is the value per internet performance lower than traditional revenue streams?
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The value per internet performance is lower relative to traditional revenue streams, such as radio, because the number of performances processed is significantly higher and correspondingly the revenue is distributed to a much larger group of members. Each performance online is communicated to the public via telecommunication to one person at a time, whereas each performance on traditional radio, for example, may be broadcast to hundreds of thousands of people at once.
Why does SOCAN pay internet royalties only for works that receive 500 or more performances?
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Due to the vast number of performances processed and the distributable amounts of money, the value of a singular internet performance is estimated to be a fraction of a penny. Through thorough analysis of the available usage data and estimated pool amounts, SOCAN is able to derive that 500 performances would result in an earnings amount that is distributable. Therefore, performances are summarized so that 100 actual performances will be represented by one performance on statements, and we have set a minimum threshold of five summarized performances (representing 500 actual performances) for a payment to occur.
How do Internet performances appear on the member-royalty statements?
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Internet statements include domestic performances from YouTube, Apple, Spotify, Google Play and other streaming services. We also have an Internet Audio-Visual statement that includes domestic performances from Netflix, and Ilico.
What is the methodology for the payment of internet royalties?
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Data suppliers, for example streaming services, provide SOCAN with their usage data. All source data is gathered and summarized. Thresholds are applied and records above thresholds are processed for distribution. The amount of money per performance is calculated based on the distributable pool amount and the number of performances, similar to traditional distribution methodologies.
Is SOCAN only able to license internet services located in the Canadian territory?
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SOCAN has the right to seek license fees from any Internet service that communicates musical works in the territory of Canada, no matter where the transmission originates. As long as the communication has a “real and substantial” connection to Canada, the service responsible for that communication requires a SOCAN license.
Music licenses – general
What is Entandem?
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Entandem is a joint venture between RE:SOUND and SOCAN, created to simplify the licensing process so you can play all the music you want in your business legally and ethically, ensuring that those who made the music are compensated. If you're a business that uses live or recorded music visit entandemlicensing.com to obtain your background and live music licensing for your business. If you require a license for the use of music on internet, TV, or radio, please review Get Licensed section.
If I don't use Canadian-made music, do I still have to get a SOCAN license?
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Yes. A SOCAN license gives you permission to use copyright-protected musical works of SOCAN members as well as members of affiliated international performing and reproduction rights societies from around the world. Through agreements with international performing and reproduction (alternatively MRO) rights organizations, SOCAN issues licenses for virtually all music used or communicated in and to the public by businesses in Canada as well for its reproduction repertoire. SOCAN then transfers the corresponding monies to the appropriate society, and vice versa.
How are license fees and rates determined?
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SOCAN license fees are either set by the Copyright Board of Canada, an independent body appointed by the federal government or through negotiations directly with users. SOCAN tariffs and negotiated royalties both take into consideration the value of music to a business. If music is integral to your business and/or event (i.e., a dance club, or a concert venue or a music digital platform), then it's worth more to your business. The rates that are set either by the Copyright Board of Canada or free negotiation reflect this value. Regularly, SOCAN may files proposed tariffs with the Copyright Board. Interested parties are then permitted to submit objections to SOCAN's proposals within a limited time. If an objection or concern is raised concerning a tariff, the Copyright Board may hold a hearing. After hearings are completed and amendments are made, the Copyright Board publishes the approved tariffs in the Canada Gazette. In the event of a negotiated agreement, our experienced licensing negotiators will maximize the royalties for the benefit of our stakeholders while reflecting a fair and equitable value.
Why do I need a SOCAN music license?
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A SOCAN license grants you or your organization permission to use music in a specific way, and it’s quite straightforward to work with SOCAN to obtain the right license to play or reproduce music. When an organization uses music, it’s adding value by using the work of music creators and publishers. Those who composed, wrote, and published the song are entitled to be compensated for the time, effort, and money they put into the creation and promotion of that work when that music is reproduced and communicated or played in public. In accordance with Canada’s Copyright Act, any public performance or reproduction of copyright-protected musical works requires a license. When a song is used, music creators (not just the performers) are entitled to be compensated – it supports their livelihood. Without SOCAN, you would have to get permission from every composer, songwriter, and publisher of every musical work you intend to use in your organization or platforms–a feat that most of us have neither the time nor the means to achieve. This permission isn’t granted when you buy a recording, whether through a CD, downloading, etc., which only allows you to privately use the purchased music. SOCAN simplifies this complex process for businesses through licenses. A SOCAN license grants you or your business permission to use music in a specific way, and it’s easy to work with SOCAN to obtain the right license to play music.
What is a SOCAN music license?
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A SOCAN license gives your business or organization, the freedom and flexibility to use virtually any music you want – legally, ethically, and easily. Without SOCAN, you would have to get permission and negotiate a royalty with every songwriter, lyricist, and music publisher whose work you intend to play, or to have publicly performed. Instead, SOCAN simplifies the process by allowing businesses to pay a relatively small fee, often once a year to play all the music their customers enjoy hearing. These fees are then distributed as royalties to music creators in Canada and around the world, through reciprocal agreements with similar music rights organizations in other countries. To learn more about our Licensed To Play program, visit our Music Users page.
Online Concerts - Licensing
What music licenses do I need if I am planning a hybrid event?
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If you plan to host both in-person attendees and virtual attendees at your event, you’ll require music licenses administered by both Entandem and SOCAN. But don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you. Simply connect with us at onlineconcert@socan.com and we’ll make sure you have the licensing required to pull off a successful show!
Learn more about licensing your online virtual music event.
Do I need to clear any other rights or obtain any other licenses?
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You may require a reproduction rights or synchronization licenses. SOCAN administers these rights for specific uses and repertoire, so we also encourage you to reach out to CMRRA to find out whether you need any additional licenses from them.

I already pay the performers. Why do I have to pay SOCAN?
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When you hire a band or a DJ, you’re paying for their services as performing artists, but not for the performance/communication of the music on the internet, that is, not for the people who created the music being performed. Performing music and creating music are two separate types of creative work, and each deserves fair compensation, even in cases where the performers are also the creators of the music.

What types of online events require a music license?
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It would be difficult to name all the events requiring a music license. We encourage you to call us at 1-800-557-6226 or email licence@socan.com and we’ll help you figure it out.
Why is SOCAN administering the license and not Entandem?
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Entandem is a joint venture created by RE:SOUND and SOCAN. While Entandem was designed to be a one-stop shop for all your music-in-business licensing needs, we do not administer licensing for traditional or digital media such as music use in TV/film, radio, or online. SOCAN continues to administer these licenses directly. However, we still want to make it easy for you – you can continue to obtain your in-person music event licenses through Entandem once pandemic restrictions have lifted.

How do I obtain a music license for my online concert?
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We’ve made the process super simple. Please note that this license is being administered by SOCAN directly. Please email onlineconcert@socan.com and indicate “Online Concert” in the subject line. Provide a brief description of your music use, including details about the platform you’ll be using to livestream your concert, event, or festival.  If you have an account with Entandem, please let us know as this will streamline the process.
Do I need a music license to broadcast a concert live online?
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You sure do. A music license ensures that your event is using music legally and ethically while supporting music creators.  The license fees paid to SOCAN for the streaming of live performances are used to compensate the songwriters, composers and music publishers who make up SOCAN.
Paying for a music license
I think my event might qualify for a charitable exemption. What is my next step?
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Section 32.2(3) of the Copyright Act allows for exemption from SOCAN license fees in the case where there is a performance in public of a musical work in furtherance of religious, educational or charitable objectives. Only performances by religious, charitable or fraternal organizations and educational institutions are eligible.
What happens to the license fees my business pays to SOCAN?
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SOCAN is a member-based, not-for-profit organization. All the royalties that we collect – less operating costs– are passed on to our members, and members of SOCAN’s affiliated international societies, who create the music that you use in your business and at your events.
We already paid for the music (i.e., purchased a CD or download), so why do I need a SOCAN license?
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When you buy a CD, or download music from a legal site, you gain the right to play music in private, but not in public. A SOCAN license allows you to perform that music in public
We already pay the performers. Why do we have to pay SOCAN?
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When you hire a band or a DJ, you’re paying for their services as performing artists, but not for the public performance of the music, that is, for the people who created the music being performed. Performing music and creating music are two separate types of creative work, and each deserves fair compensation, even in cases where the performers are also the creators of the works.
How does SOCAN’s Licensed To Play program work?
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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. 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 their business and their customers’ experience. Staying current with a SOCAN license enables an organization to be “Licensed to Play,” and upholds its support for those who create the music that their customers love.
Which SOCAN license do I need to play music in my business?
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SOCAN offers music licenses for virtually all types of business music use. Your business may therefore need more than one license depending on the various uses you make of the music (eg one license for background music, one for live music, etc.). Click here to learn more about SOCAN licensing.
Reproduction Rights - Licensing
How is Reproduction Rights licensing different from Performing Rights licensing?
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SOCAN administers music licenses for two types of music usage rights: Performing Rights, the public performance of recorded or live music, and Reproduction Rights, any digital or analog copies made of music. Most uses of music – usually require licensing of both rights, for which music licenses need to be legally obtained.
Where do I obtain my Reproductions Rights license?
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You’re in the right place. Visit SOCAN's licensing options or contact reproduction@socan.com with your questions.
How do I know which Reproduction Rights licenses I need?
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It depends on the final use: our licensing agents apply different market rates in cue with the type of reproduction. Learn more about licensing
What is a Reproduction Rights license?
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It is an authorization to reproduce or make a copy of music in digital and physical form.
About music licensing
How does SOCAN’s Licensed To Play program work?
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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. 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 their business and their customers’ experience. Staying current with a SOCAN license enables an organization to be “Licensed to Play,” and upholds its support for those who create the music that their customers love.
Which SOCAN license do I need to play music in my business?
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SOCAN offers music licenses for virtually all types of business music use. Your business may therefore need more than one license depending on the various uses you make of the music (eg one license for background music, one for live music, etc.). Click here to learn more about SOCAN licensing.