SOCAN Visual Arts & Crafts: It’s Easy and It Pays Off

SOCAN serves and champions more than 40,000 creators and rightsholders from Canada and around the world; we license the use of their artistic works and collect and distribute royalties to them. We advocate for them and protect their rights.
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What We Do

With the always expanding number of media platforms, it’s becoming more and more difficult for a creator to personally control the use of their artistic works and ensure the respect of its copyright. Similarly, it is often tedious for a publisher, production house, gallery, museum or other user of works of art to trace and communicate with creators or their estates, in order to obtain the necessary authorizations for a project.
SOCAN facilitates the work of both parties by acting as an intermediary specializing in the licensing of copyright in visual arts and crafts. We administer the exhibition, reproduction and public communication rights for artistic works and ensure fair remuneration for the creator of these works.
Artistic works include: paintings, drawings, sculptures, architectural works, engravings, photographs, artistic works created by craftsmen, graphics, maps, plans and compilations of artistic works.

Why Choose SOCAN?

One-Stop Shop for Works, Licenses and Royalties
SOCAN acts as a single intermediary between the many partners, businesses, platforms, and individuals seeking to use the works, and the creators of the artistic works. The intermediary role allows SOCAN to facilitate everyone’s task by enabling fluid communication between parties, management of the process, and ultimately experiential and financial reward.
Reputation and Expertise
Thanks to our expertise, our reputation and a repertoire enriched by the works of thousands of members, we work both for the benefit of the creators for whom we ensure fair remuneration, and for the benefit of the users of their works, for whom we simplify the process of obtaining rights and permissions.
Global Possibilities
Affiliated with more than 35 partners in the biggest markets around the world, SOCAN promotes access to the works of its members, and their use for all kinds of projects, on all types of platforms.

Our repertoire includes many works by emerging and established domestic artists, but also includes internationally renowned creators such as Francis Bacon, Michel Campeau, Laurent Craste, Salvador Dali, René Derouin, Marcelle Ferron, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jean Paul Riopelle, Marc Séguin, Armand Vaillancourt, Irene F. Whittome or Andy Warhol.
Simple Administration
You control the uses of your works with no membership or annual fees. Simple commission-based model.
Working for Creators
SOCAN acts in your best interests through licensing and advocacy. Our skills, network and bargaining power allow us to ensure the most favorable conditions for the use of your artistic works. SOCAN is a member of various international organizations dedicated to the management, protection and promotion of copyrights.
Always at the Service of Our Clients
Creators have 24/7 access to their secure client portal where clients can access their distribution statements, detailing uses of their works and the associated royalties. SOCAN experts are always available to answer questions concerning your business with SOCAN and are pleased to keep our clients informed on the latest updates in this constantly changing world.
Contact us to learn more.
SOCAN Arts: 514 844-8377 #4402
Toll Free: 1 888 876-3722 #4402