The current three-year terms of the SOCAN Board of Directors conclude in June of 2024, and we’re now beginning the new Board of Directors election process.

What’s changing?

In December of 2023, SOCAN members voted to adopt annual staggered-term elections, instead of having full-board elections every three years.

So, 2024 will be the last year that SOCAN members vote 18 directors onto the SOCAN board.

The board will continue to have 9 Writer Directors and 9 Publisher Directors, and the composition of the Board will also remain the same, reflecting regional, Francophone, and screen composer (AV) representation objectives.  You can view how the Board’s composition is achieved by reviewing the Voting section of the SOCAN Board election site.

Starting in 2025, only six directors will be voted onto the SOCAN board each year, each is elected for a three-year term. This means that every year there will always be 12 director seats that aren’t up for election. The staggered-term elections enable succession planning, and ensure continuity on the Board of Directors.

What will happen in 2024?

All 18 Board of Director terms will be up for election in 2024.

In 2024, we’ll require each nominee to choose to run for either a one-year, two-year, or three-year term.  This ensures that in 2025 and in 2026 there are six director seats up for election supporting the transition to staggered-term elections.

In 2027, we’ll have fully transitioned to staggered-term elections, where six new directors are elected each year for a three-year term.

You can view the candidates and their designations on the SOCAN Board of Directors Election website beginning on in May of 2024.

SOCAN members: Do you have what it takes? Self-nominations are now open!

From today until March 29, 2024, SOCAN is accepting self-nominations for the next board election.

If you’re a thought leader and a SOCAN member with a breadth of industry knowledge, a commitment to advocacy, and strong communication skills you may want to consider running for the SOCAN Board of Directors. It is important to SOCAN that its Board of Directors is as vibrant and diverse as the music communities we represent.

SOCAN members who’ve received royalties over the past three years (at least $300 for writers, and at least $3,000 for publishers), are eligible to nominate themselves through the self-nomination process outlined on the SOCAN Board Election website. Eligible self-nominees will require the signatures of 25 voting SOCAN members from their membership group to run as a candidate for election.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, review the SOCAN Board Election website for the criteria and level of commitment required. Please complete the self-nomination form and return by March 29, 2024.

We look forward to hearing from you.