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Publishers

If songs are the fuel of the music industry, then publishers are the vehicles these musical works travel through. As you, our SOCAN-affiliated publishers, work to achieve performances of the songs and compositions in your catalogues, we obtain information on those plays throughout the world. When they’re played, by various businesses around the world, SOCAN receives information related to the performances and collects the money that’s owed to you. We also advocate and lobby government so that the copyrighted works in your repertoire are protected by tariffs and more favourable laws. All of this is to make sure that you’re fairly compensated for the use of your music. At SOCAN, we strengthen your business by supporting your songwriters and composers because when we foster their creativity and development, it creates better results for everyone. When it comes to getting paid for performances, it’s SOCAN’s business to take care of you and your songwriters.

Question

How often are royalty payments made?

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SOCAN makes royalty payments of $0.25 or more to its members on a quarterly basis, beginning February 15 of each calendar year. Members earning less than $500 per distribution quarter will only be paid through direct deposit into their accounts. Members who earn more than $500 in a quarter have the option of receiving their earnings by direct deposit or cheque.

Alex Cuba
Member

Alex Cuba

Born in Artemisa, Cuba, and now based in Smithers, BC, Alex Cuba has won two SOCAN Awards, four Latin Grammys, two JUNOs, and has been nominated for two Grammys. In 2016, SOCAN member Cuba performed as part of the national Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He's worked with Ron Sexsmith, Nelly Furtado, David Myles, Jim Cuddy, and Alejandra Ribera, among many others. As Cuba performs in Spanish, English and French, his sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs defy the traditional conventions of the Latin music landscape in favour of his own unique brand of Hispanic soul music.