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How it works
A song becomes valuable the second it’s created. SOCAN’s tens of thousands of talented members write, compose, produce, and publish the music that makes your business or event better.
Music creators and their publishers have rights under Canada’s Copyright Act. SOCAN music licenses take into consideration the value of music to a business and ensures that the owners of that music are compensated.
Without a SOCAN music license, you’d have to get permission and negotiate a license with every rightsholder whose music you intend to play. SOCAN makes this process simple through fair licensing.
By complying with law, you ensure that songwriters, composers and music publishers are compensated for their work and can continue to create the music that enriches your business.
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.
Learn more about licensing your online virtual music event.
Do you use music in your establishments, such as a restaurant, bar, or hotel or at your event?
Fill out the music synchronization license form and email to SOCAN to obtain your license.
Music Copyright & Licensing
Music creators have rights under Canada’s Copyright Act. They deserve to be paid when their music is used as the primary product or simply to make your organization better. But for you to obtain permission yourself from every writer or music publisher to play music in your business is unrealistic.
When SOCAN files a proposed tariff with the Copyright Board of Canada (an independent body appointed by the Government of Canada) for royalties to be paid for a particular use of music, the Copyright Board determines reasonable royalty rates. Your music license fees are distributed as royalties to those who created and published the music. Just like you, SOCAN members make their living from their work, and should be paid fairly so that they can continue to make the music that benefits everyone.
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