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 and restaurants, night clubs, arenas, etc. – SOCAN collects the money that’s owed for those performances and distributes it to you as royalties. SOCAN also educates, advises and mentors our songwriters on the craft and business of music. We advocate and lobby government on your behalf to ensure that your copyright is respected, and that you’re appropriately remunerated for the use of your work. We also tell your stories and celebrate your successes 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.
Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq pants, grunts, howls and growls wordless expressions of intense emotion, from whispers to screams. It's a sound that combines heavy metal intensity, improv jazz risk, and the weight of Indigenous history. The critical success of her 2014 Animism album catapulted SOCAN member Tagaq into the mainstream, as it won not only a JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, but also the annual Polaris Music Prize as the best album in Canada. In 2016, Tagaq was even inducted into the Order of Canada. As her vision grows more expansive, 2016's Retribution has cemented her reputation as a pure, innovative and activist artist.