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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.

Question

We already pay the performers. Why do we have to pay SOCAN?

A.

When you hire a band or a DJ, you’re paying for their services as performing artists, but not for the public performance of the music, that is, for the people who created the music being performed. Performing music and creating music are two separate types of creative work, and each deserves fair compensation, even in cases where the performers are also the creators of the works.

F__ked Up
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F__ked Up

F__ked Up is a hardcore punk band from Toronto that won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for the album The Chemistry of Common Life, and earned a short-list nomination for the prize again in 2012. The nomination described David Comes to Life as follows: “Excessive? Sure. Ridiculous? At times. Brilliant? Sounds pretty damn close to it.” Spin magazine named David Comes to Life its No. 1 Album of 2011, and put the band on the cover. The group of SOCAN members has remained a punk band even as they've achieved magazine covers, shared stadium stages with Foo Fighters, maintained a career, and created families to support.