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Streaming Services

Original songs and compositions are the engines that drive online music streaming: it simply wouldn’t exist without those who created the music on which their business depends. When you get Licensed To Play by SOCAN, not only are you compensating the songwriters and composers heard through your service, you’re also making sure that the music used to build your business is being used legally and ethically. The license fees streaming services pay to SOCAN for the public performance of music 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.

A Tribe Called Red
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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.