Please be advised that SOCAN intends to make, in or after the week of April 4, 2022, an application under section 69 of the Copyright Act to withdraw the following proposed tariff:

  • Statement of Proposed Royalties to be Collected by SODRAC for Tariff 5 (Musical Works Embedded in Cinematographic Works for Theatrical Exhibition or Private Use) for the Years 2017 to 2019.

This constitutes a public notice under s. 69.1 of the Copyright Act.

Note: the majority of the assets of SODRAC were acquired by SOCAN in July 2018.

The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of companies, was proud to announce that R&B singer-songwriter Nuela Charles and pop/rock trio Caveboy are the two $5,000 prize recipients of the 2021 Her Music Awards, sponsored by Bandzoogle, held online in during the noon hour (ET) of Feb. 25, 2022.

In a new initiative of the Her Music Awards this year, five $1,000 prize Honourable Mentions were given to Belle Grand Fille, Liza, Robyn Jacob, Stéphanie Hamelin Tomala, and Terez. Additionally, the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) and Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) offered a one-year complimentary membership to the two grand prize recipients.

“I’m thrilled to be one of this year’s Her Music Award recipients,” said Nuela Charles. “Major thank you to SOCAN Foundation and Bandzoogle. I’m excited for this year, and all of the new music I’m preparing to release, so this award definitely means a lot, and will contribute greatly to my career. Thank you!”

“We’re so grateful to the SOCAN Foundation and Bandzoogle for this generous award! Both have played such important supportive roles throughout our career as a band, since the beginning,” said Isabelle Banos of Caveboy, speaking for herself and bandmates Lana Cooney and Mint Simon. “We’re so excited to be able to continue writing and releasing new music, now more than ever! Thank you! We love you!”

“The Her Music Awards are designed to celebrate and support female-identified people building momentum, as music creators on the verge of taking their creative careers to the next level,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “This important initiative previously supported trailblazing artists such as Haviah Mighty and Leela Gilday, and we’re thrilled to congratulate the incredible Caveboy and Nuela Charles as this year’s grand prize recipients. We’re thankful for the support of Bandzoogle and community stakeholders that made the Her Music Awards possible.”

The event  was hosted by Shakura S’Aida, Chair of the Her Music Awards committee.  The recipients were selected by a jury composed of singer-songwriters Jill Barber, Maude Audet, and Danielle McTaggart (of the duo Dear Rouge), as well as Kesi Smyth (General Manager/Human Resources at 604 Records). All applications were evaluated on the basis of the quality of their musical work, career potential, as well as the impact that receiving an award would have on their personal development as an artist.

SOCAN’s James Leacock has given an overview of digital licensing in a podcast presented on Canadian IP Voices, a new platform that discusses how copyright works in real life. Recorded in both French and English, Leacock, SOCAN’s Director, Domestic Royalty Collection, discusses the different ways music is used in business, and the value music brings to those businesses. Using real-life examples, he shares how responsible licensing fosters music creation by ensuring that music creators are fairly compensated for their work.

Canadian IP Voices discusses tips, tricks, and issues related to how trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs, and trade secrets work in day-to-day reality. In line with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)’s mandate to promote intellectual property (IP) awareness and education, the podcast is dedicated to improving awareness, knowledge, and the effective use of intellectual property by Canadians. Those who tune in can listen to real problems – and real solutions – explained by a range of IP professionals and stakeholders from across Canada and abroad. The platform – hosted by Lisa Desjardins in English, and Maya Urbanowicz in French – posts new interviews and IP stories, with special guests, every two weeks.

You can listen to Leacock’s podcast, or any others in the series – including “How copyright works when we share things on social media,” “How to deal with pirate (fake) copies in the marketplace,” and “How to protect your videogames” – by clicking here, and the blog post here.