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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.

Question

If I don't use Canadian-made music, do I still have to get a SOCAN license?

A.

Yes. A SOCAN license gives you permission to use copyright-protected musical works of SOCAN members as well as members of affiliated international performing rights societies from around the world. Through agreements with international performing rights organizations, SOCAN issues licenses for virtually all music used in public by businesses in Canada. SOCAN then transfers the corresponding monies to the appropriate society, and vice versa.

Alessia Cara
Member

Alessia Cara

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.