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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

Can I claim performance royalties if I’m arranging, orchestrating, transcribing or adapting a public domain work?

A.

Yes. You can claim shares if the work is in the public domain. SOCAN's distribution rules provide for credits that may vary depending upon the nature of the arrangement.

deadmau5
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deadmau5

deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) made the cover of Rolling Stone in 2012, and is the most recognized figure in electronic dance music – both for his mix of progressive house, techno, trance and repetitive beats, and for creating his memorable giant mouse head. The first Canadian musician to headline and fill Toronto’s cavernous Rogers Centre (capacity 54,000), the SOCAN member rocketed to the top of his game in an impressively short amount of time. deadmau5 has earned a SOCAN International Achievement Award, three JUNOs, five Beatport Awards, four electronic music DJ Awards, three International Dance Music Awards, and six Grammy nominations.