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Live Music Venues


Live music venues offer music fans a space to enjoy unique, real-time musical performances – concert experiences only made possible by songwriters and composers who create the music that those musicians perform. When you become Licensed To Play with SOCAN, you have the freedom to engage all the live music your business needs to be successful, while ensuring that the artists you hire to perform are compensated for their work as songwriters as well. Your license to play music demonstrates to artists, songwriters, music fans and peer businesses that your venue is using music legally and ethically, while supporting Canadian music creators. The license fees that live venues pay to SOCAN for the public performance of live music are used to compensate SOCAN-member songwriters, composers and music publishers that make up SOCAN.

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.


Why do I need a SOCAN music license?


A SOCAN license grants your business permission to use music in a specific way, and it’s quite straightforward to work with SOCAN to obtain the right license to play music. When a business uses music, it’s adding value by using the work of music creators and publishers. Those who composed, wrote, and published the song are entitled to be compensated for the time, effort, and money they put into the creation and promotion of that work when that music is played in public. In accordance with Canada’s Copyright Act, any public performance of copyright-protected musical works requires a license. When a song is played in public, music creators (not just the performers) are entitled to be compensated – it supports their livelihood. Without SOCAN, you would have to get permission from every composer, songwriter, and publisher of every musical work you intend to use in your business –a feat that most of us have neither the time nor the means to achieve. This permission isn’t granted when you buy a recording, whether through a CD, downloading, etc., which only allows you to privately use the purchased music. SOCAN simplifies this complex process for businesses through licenses. A SOCAN license grants your business permission to use music in a specific way, and it’s easy to work with SOCAN to obtain the right license to play music.

A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red

Producer/DJ trio A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into both urban and contemporary Indigenous culture, straddling hip-hop, powwow drums and vocals, and electronic production. Through a positive attitude and tireless work ethic, their message has expanded globally, with tours in Australia, Europe, Mexico and the U.S. In 2014, this trio of SOCAN members became the first Indigenous artists to win Breakthrough Group of the Year at the JUNO Awards. They followed up in 2017 with the Producer of the year JUNO Award. ATCR was also long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in both 2012 and 2013, and short-listed in 2017.