SOCAN administers and protects the performing and reproduction rights of more than 160,000 songwriters, music publishers, composers, and visual artists. We offer an integrated approach to rights management and compelling solutions for our rights holders’ reproduction and performing rights. Through reciprocal agreements with more than 100 copyright collectives in 214 countries, we collect and distribute royalties internationally for the use of copyrighted works, connecting millions of creators worldwide.
The performing right is the right to perform a song or composition in public – such as in a live concert, background music, a radio or TV broadcast, a streaming playlist at a bar, or any other type of public performance. The performing right gives copyright owners of songs the sole right to perform, or authorize the performance in public, of their songs. SOCAN administers these performing rights on behalf of its members by collecting and distributing royalties when songs are publicly performed.
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The reproduction right gives rights holders of a song the sole right to authorize the reproduction of their work on various media, including CDs, records, and digital media. SOCAN administers these reproduction rights on behalf of the rights holders we represent by issuing licenses for the reproduction to such organizations as music labels and digital service providers.
The Canadian Copyright Act gives creators and rights holders of artistic works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, architectural works, engraving, photographs, the sole right to authorize their use, whether it be for their presentation at a public exhibition, for their reproduction on various analog or digital medias (cards, posters, books, derivative products, etc.), or for their public communication (websites, social medias, TV shows, films, etc.).
SOCAN administers all these copyrights on behalf of its visual arts and crafts members by issuing licenses for the use of their works.
To learn more about rights of use of artistic works, visit our Reproduction Rights Services page.
In 2016, then-19-year-old Alessia Cara won the SOCAN Breakout Award, and a SOCAN Pop/Rock Award for her worldwide smash hit single “Here.” In 2016 and 2017, the young SOCAN member earned eight JUNO Awards nominations and two wins, and joined Taylor Swift onstage to sing the song. “Here” has amassed platinum sales in Canada and double-platinum sales in the United States, where it cracked the Billboard Top Five, and charted worldwide. It's also logged a whopping 125 million YouTube views to date. Her debut album Know-It-All earned rave reviews from the likes of Billboard, NME, and the New York Times. She’s also been featured as a mentor on CTV’s music series The Launch in 2018.