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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

I rent my venue to promoters. Shouldn’t they be responsible for paying the SOCAN fee?

A.

Both the owner of the venue and the promoter can be held responsible for the unlicensed performance.

Alessia Cara
Member

Alessia Cara

In 2016, then-19-year-old Alessia Cara won the SOCAN Breakout Award, and a SOCAN Pop/Rock Award for her worldwide smash hit single “Here.” In 2016 and 2017, the young SOCAN member earned eight JUNO Awards nominations and two wins, and joined Taylor Swift onstage to sing the song. “Here” has amassed platinum sales in Canada and double-platinum sales in the United States, where it cracked the Billboard Top Five, and charted worldwide. It's also logged a whopping 125 million YouTube views to date. Her debut album Know-It-All earned rave reviews from the likes of Billboard, NME, and the New York Times. She’s also been featured as a mentor on CTV’s music series The Launch in 2018.