SOCAN Stands in Solidarity with the People of France

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Toronto – On behalf of our more than 130,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers, SOCAN expresses heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris. SOCAN’s thoughts are with all who have been impacted by these horrific acts of barbarism.

SOCAN condemns all fanatical violence in Paris, Beirut, or wherever it occurs. France and Paris hold a special place in the hearts of all Canadians, and especially those within the Canadian music industry. Thousands of SOCAN members have family and close friends in Paris, many of our members reside in France and, of course, our members have hundreds of thousands of fans in the area.

Many of Canada’s songwriters and composers have performed at Le Bataclan, and many more have had their songs and compositions played by others at the venue. Many will eagerly return to demonstrate that music has the power to unify in times of happiness and sorrow, and that tyranny will be resisted and ultimately defeated.

“We are all Parisians,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN, and a French national. “SOCAN’s 280 employees and our more than 130,000 music creator and music publisher members stand in solidarity with the people of France.”

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 130,000 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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