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Media Releases

Shawn Mendes Comes Up Big with Five SOCAN Awards

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Online Celebration of Songwriters, Composers and Music Publishers
“Now, more than ever, music creators and publishers need to be recognized for the role they play in our lives,” says Interim CEO

 

SOCAN Reproduction Rights clients awarded $1.5-million in royalties for copies of music in CBC arbitration

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

SOCAN, on behalf of SODRAC members and clients, is finally able to collect for the reproduction of music on CBC television broadcasts. The Supreme Court of Canada determined that “broadcast incidental copies” have reproduction right value as SOCAN/SODRAC was able to demonstrate. Broadcast incidental copies are copies of music embedded in audio-visual content made by … Continue reading SOCAN Reproduction Rights clients awarded $1.5-million in royalties for copies of music in CBC arbitration

 

William Prince wins the 2020 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for “The Spark”

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Canadians get fired up to make Prince’s masterpiece their favourite song.
In a first, all finalists receive cash prizes.

 

SOCAN Songwriting Prize Amplifies Music’s Power To Lift Us Up

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

In a first, cash prizes awarded to all 20 nominees

 

SOCAN Makes Audiam Leadership Change

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Toronto, July 14, 2020 – SOCAN today announced that Jeff Price has departed wholly-owned Audiam, effective immediately. SOCAN COO Jeff King has assumed the duties of CEO. “Audiam’ s business will continue without change,” said Jennifer Brown, Interim-CEO of SOCAN. “SOCAN and Audiam will continue to work to represent rights holders and ensure they are … Continue reading SOCAN Makes Audiam Leadership Change

 

SOCAN Gets Music Makers Paid for Live Facebook and Instagram Concerts with Encore! Program

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Confirms May 15th royalties distribution will go out on target

 

SOCAN Welcomes Government Confirmation on Royalties and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Toronto, April 15, 2020 – SOCAN welcomes confirmation today from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault that royalty payments will not prevent creators from qualifying for benefits under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). SOCAN rights holders receive quarterly payments for performing and reproduction rights. These include songwriters, composers and … Continue reading SOCAN Welcomes Government Confirmation on Royalties and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

 

SOCAN Announces Resignation of CEO

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Jennifer Brown Appointed Interim-CEO

 

SOCAN Announces $2-million Enhanced Emergency Program for Struggling SOCAN Members

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The program is based on information gained from discussions with numerous SOCAN members.

 

SOCAN Cancels SOCAN Awards

Friday, March 13th, 2020

SOCAN has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 SOCAN Awards,

 

SOCAN Collections Top $405-million with Expanded Membership and More Canadian Music Than Ever Used in Canada and Worldwide

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

But low average streaming royalties continue to serve as a wake-up call to dramatically and quickly improve rates, discoverability and modernization of Canadian Content rules

 

Implementation of Canada-United States-Mexico Trade Agreement: SOCAN Denounces Omission of Key Copyright Provision

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Toronto, January 30, 2020 – By omitting clauses from the updated Canada-United States-Mexico (CUSMA) implementation bill, the government has missed a huge opportunity to strengthen copyright protections in Canada. In the CUSMA signed by Prime Minister Trudeau in November 2018, copyrighted works were to enter the public domain in Canada 70 years after the death of the author or composer. SOCAN and … Continue reading Implementation of Canada-United States-Mexico Trade Agreement: SOCAN Denounces Omission of Key Copyright Provision