Toronto, June 18, 2019 – In sync with the organization’s annual general meeting in Vancouver, SOCAN announced final financial results for 2018, confirming another record year for royalties earned by its more than 160,000 member songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists.
The largest organization in the Canadian music ecosystem attracted and distributed record amounts to more members than ever but cautioned that more must be done to ensure that all rightsholders receive a more equitable share of rapidly growing revenues from digital uses of music.
Significant SOCAN results achieved in 2018:
“The popularity of music streaming continues to increase, but a SOCAN member who received royalties in 2018 on average took in only $54 from digital sources,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Digital platforms are reaping massive value on the backs of music creators and publishers. SOCAN will continue to fight for a more equitable and fair compensation for rightsholders as this part of the industry matures.”
Among many topics discussed at SOCAN’s AGM, Baptiste highlighted several key recent advancements for the company’s members, including the full acquisition of Quebec-based SODRAC, bringing mechanical/reproduction rights and royalties to members, as well as the extension of SOCAN’s mandate into visual arts; the creation of Entandem, a combined licensing venture with RE:SOUND that will bring benefits to rightsholders and licensed businesses alike; and the addition of Dataclef, the back office services arm of the organization.
SOCAN continues to work to harness artificial intelligence and to offer tools to third-party organizations to build software from its online application programming interface (API) specifications to identify and collect on more public uses of music, returning more royalties with even greater speed and accuracy to those who have rightfully earned them.
Also reviewed at the meeting were SOCAN’s member advocacy accomplishments with the federal government. Several recommendations were included in the recent Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage “Shifting Paradigms” report, including:
SOCAN’s 2018 annual report and complete financial statement are available at socanannualreport.ca.
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 160,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists 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 rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com
Media contact: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, Andrew.Berthoff@socan.com