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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

I already paid for the music (i.e., purchased a CD or download), so why do I need a SOCAN license?

A.

When you buy a CD, or download music from a legal site, you gain the right to play music in private, but not in public. A SOCAN license allows you to perform that music in public.

Jeff Toyne
Member

Jeff Toyne

In 2017, Jeff Toyne, one of SOCAN‘s #ComposersWhoScore, was scoring DirecTV’s third season of Rogue. Toyne’s feature film credits include Damaged (2014), Abel’s Field (2013), Twist of Faith (2013), and The Privileged (2013). In television, Toyne has scored several features for the Lifetime channel, including Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011), winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Movie, and the MPSE Golden Reel Award. Toyne has also scored The Devil You Know (Investigation Discovery, 2010-2013). He was named one of Playback magazine’s Ten to Watch in 2011, has been commissioned by the Canadian Armed Forces, and is an alumnus of the Sundance Composers Lab.