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New Talent

When your songs are played, by various businesses, around the world – whether live in concert (by you or anyone else), on the radio, online, on TV, in movies, in bars, restaurants, cafés, night clubs, etc. – SOCAN collects the money that’s owed for those performances and distributes it to you as royalties. Part of SOCAN’s mission is to educate, advise and mentor emerging songwriters like you about the craft and business of music. We also tell the stories, and celebrate the successes, of emerging songwriters like you in our various SOCAN media platforms. When it comes to getting paid for performances of your songs, it’s our business to take care of you. We’ve got your back.

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How long does a copyright last?

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In Canada, copyright generally lasts for 50 years after the author (or the last surviving author) dies. However, there are exceptions. Copyright laws are different in other countries and the term of copyright may vary.

The Weeknd
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The Weeknd

The Weeknd's speedy rise to world pop domination has been extraordinary. One of SOCAN's most celebrated songwriters, he’s been nominated for an Academy Award, and won two Grammies and nine JUNOs. The Weeknd began completely anonymously in 2011, breaking out with three download-only mixtapes of dark, moody R&B. His Beauty Behind the Madness album has sold more than three million units in America alone, where three of its singles have each sold multi-platinum. The title-track lead single from his current album Starboy was streamed 17 million times globally in its opening weekend, , and his April 2018 album My Dear Melancholy, was his third to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. charts.