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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.

To license your in-person live music event, click here.

Are you planning an online concert or virtual event?  Learn more on how to obtain your music license here.

Question

I had a performance on a census station, but I didn’t get paid for it. What happened?

A.

A song must be registered with both SOCAN and BDS in order to be paid in the current distribution. A song identified in the performance data provided by BDS that has not been registered with SOCAN will be categorized as “unidentified” until it is identified, at which time payment will be processed. Although BDS has a very high rate of song identification (96 percent), there are cases where a song is not initially identified in the performance data. BDS then reviews approximately two weeks’ worth of radio tapes, and checks back with various stations, in an effort to identify as many additional works as possible.

Dean Brody
Member

Dean Brody

Dean Brody has earned 13 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, four SOCAN Awards for his songwriting, and two JUNOs, and he’s played on the JUNO Awards broadcast, too. His massive country radio hit “Bring Down the House” won Brody 2016 CCMA honours in the Single, Video, Songwriting and Top Selling Single categories. The longtime SOCAN member likes to tell cinematic stories that resonate both emotionally and musically, creating vivid real-life characters. Unlike lots of country music, which is co-written with professional songwriters, Brody writes alone.