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Composers

If you’re a composer whose music has been performed, you should join SOCAN in order to claim the money that you’ve earned in royalties for the use of that music. If you’re an screen composer whose scores are performed in movies or on TV, SOCAN obtains information related to those performances globally, collects the money that’s owed for them, and distributes it to you as royalties. If you’re a new classical composer whose symphonies, operas, suites, chamber music, choral work, or other pieces have been performed in SOCAN-licensed concert halls, auditoriums, conservatories or other venues, SOCAN similarly collects your royalties and pays them to you. We also lobby government to ensure that your copyright is respected, and that you’re appropriately remunerated for the use of your work. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your work, it’s our business to take care of you.

Question

How am I paid for my live-music performances?

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To receive concert royalties, you must complete and submit a Notification of Live Performance (NLMP) form, along with proof of your performance (e.g., a ticket stub, program book, contract, etc.). SOCAN Members have up to one year from the date of the performance to submit this information to SOCAN. Once we receive the license fee payment from the promoter and/or venue, you can expect to be paid through SOCAN’s quarterly distribution.

July Talk
Member

July Talk

The push and pull between July Talk’s gravel-voiced Peter Dreimanis and his fellow front-person Leah Fay fuels July Talk’s unique indie rock. In both 2015 and 2017, the band won JUNO Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, and both recordings went gold in Canada. With incendiary live shows, this band of SOCAN members has won devoted fans touring worldwide, playing top festivals like WayHome and Osheaga. Their 2016 album Touch was released in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, while “Push + Pull,” the album’s first single, held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian Alternative Radio charts for more than 12 weeks.