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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.

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What is a SOCAN license?

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A SOCAN license gives your business or organization, the freedom and flexibility to use virtually any music you want – legally, ethically, and easily. Without SOCAN, you would have to get permission and negotiate a royalty with every songwriter, lyricist, and music publisher whose work you intend to play, or to have publicly performed. Instead, SOCAN simplifies the process by allowing businesses to pay a relatively small fee, often once a year to play all the music their customers enjoy hearing. These fees are then distributed as royalties to music creators in Canada and around the world, through reciprocal agreements with similar music rights organizations in other countries. To learn more about our Licensed To Play program, visit our Music Users page.

Jeff Toyne
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Jeff Toyne

In 2017, Jeff Toyne, one of SOCAN‘s #ComposersWhoScore, was scoring DirecTV’s third season of Rogue. Toyne’s feature film credits include Damaged (2014), Abel’s Field (2013), Twist of Faith (2013), and The Privileged (2013). In television, Toyne has scored several features for the Lifetime channel, including Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011), winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Movie, and the MPSE Golden Reel Award. Toyne has also scored The Devil You Know (Investigation Discovery, 2010-2013). He was named one of Playback magazine’s Ten to Watch in 2011, has been commissioned by the Canadian Armed Forces, and is an alumnus of the Sundance Composers Lab.