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Event Producers

As a concert promoter, booker or event producer arranging for live music to be played in whatever venue you may rent or own to house your event, you need to obtain the necessary license from SOCAN to be able to play that music legally and ethically. Anything from an outdoor music festival, to a club or bar performance requires a SOCAN license to ensure that those who wrote and published the music are compensated for their work. As the promoter, booker or producer of a live music event, becoming Licensed To Play with SOCAN ensures that you’re doing the right thing and getting music creators paid when their music is performed at your event.

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How does SOCAN pay its composer and publisher members?

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SOCAN collects license fees from businesses that use music in Canada. Revenues are also received from SOCAN’s international peers for the use of its members’ works around the world. All the royalties that we collect – less our operating costs – are passed on to our members and affiliated societies.

Drake
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Drake

Having expanded the lyrical range of rap into sensitive emotional territory, and then sonically into Caribbean and global flavours, SOCAN member, multiple Grammy winner and unofficial Toronto ambassador Drake has become one of the most commercially successful contemporary male pop stars in the world. With his album More Life, Drake earned a record 89.9 million streams on Apple Music and 61.3 million plays on Spotify in its first 24 hours. More Life was Drake's seventh consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, and earned 505,000 equivalent album sales in its first week. It allowed him to chart 24 songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100.