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Broadcasters

Whether you broadcast a TV or cable TV show that includes music in some of the programming, or operate a terrestrial, satellite or online radio station that broadcasts music, getting Licensed To Play by SOCAN means that the people who created that music are compensated for your use of their work. You’re also making sure that the music used to build your viewership or listenership is used fairly, legally and ethically. The license fees that broadcasters pay to SOCAN for the public performance of music – whether via cue sheets for individual music performances or blanket licenses for all music performances within a given time period – compensate songwriters, composers and music publishers that make up SOCAN.

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How does SOCAN’s Licensed To Play program work?

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Licensed To Play is a long-term program with a core objective of encouraging businesses and their customers to think of music as an instrumental aspect of their experience. By displaying the Licensed To Play emblem proudly, businesses affirm that they put music to work ethically and legally, and recognize that music adds value to their business and their customers’ experience. Staying current with a SOCAN license enables an organization to be “Licensed to Play,” and upholds its support for those who create the music that their customers love.

F__ked Up
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F__ked Up

F__ked Up is a hardcore punk band from Toronto that won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for the album The Chemistry of Common Life, and earned a short-list nomination for the prize again in 2012. The nomination described David Comes to Life as follows: “Excessive? Sure. Ridiculous? At times. Brilliant? Sounds pretty damn close to it.” Spin magazine named David Comes to Life its No. 1 Album of 2011, and put the band on the cover. The group of SOCAN members has remained a punk band even as they've achieved magazine covers, shared stadium stages with Foo Fighters, maintained a career, and created families to support.