In order to provide a platform for our members on the rise, we’re pleased to continue the SOCAN Satellite Sessions – an ongoing series of new, unseen member performances broadcast on @SOCANMusic Instagram (and later available across all our social media platforms). This SOCAN Satellite Session features Hayley Sales.

In 2021, The Mirror in the U.K. heralded Sales’ work as, “A virtuoso performance; each song radiates with a quality both intimate yet powerful.” Sales has paved her own way; through the velvety hints of Motown and the bold romance of early jazz, her music breathes new life into the vintage sounds of classic pop. She’s carefully crafted her songs to match the unabashed honesty of a born performer. As a teenager, Sales signed with the Universal Music Group and went on to released two self-penned, self-produced records that hit the Top 40 charts in Canada, Japan, and Australia. During this time, she toured internationally with Jason Mraz, INXS, Feist, The Spice Girls, and many more.

In 2016, her career came to a dramatic pause. The label experienced a staff turnover; as a result her third record was shelved, and she was prohibited from buying it back. But the setbacks only made her more determined. In Spring 2021, Sharon Stone and Sales released their first co-write, “Never Before,” the first single from Sales’ double-album Ricochet (2022). The single earned plaudits in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazine, which praised it as “a track that fits squarely into the Great American Songbook lane, thanks to straightforward lyrics and a heart-swooning melody that achieved their goal of telling an elegant, no-fuss love story.” The success of the single led to an opportunity to join Rufus Wainwright on his U.K. tour in October of 2021, and his European tour in the Spring of 2022. Sales plans to release a live record, The London Bridge Sessions, simultaneously. Parallel to her music career, Sales stars alongside Bruce Willis and Michael Rooker in the upcoming Fox feature film, Corrective Measures, premiering in April of 2022.

SOCAN Creative Executive Gagan Singh has earned the Best Music Composer honour in the 2022 edition of the Tokyo Film Awards. Singh, our Membership department’s Creative Executive for Film /TV & Visual Media, received his award in February 2022 for scoring The Black Bag. The Tokyo Film Awards is a competition organized by working professionals from the film and television industry in that city. Its programming is mainly focused on short films, and its main mission is to promote young talents and their vision.

The Black Bag is a short thriller produced by Foster Films Canada, directed by Lee Foster, and shot entirely in Canada. Foster and Singh have worked together for almost a decade, since they were both emerging as students in their fields at the University of Toronto.

“Love and gratitude to the Tokyo Film Awards,” said Singh. “A special shout-out to Foster Films Canada for our collaborations over the past several years. It’s an honour to be able to continue to do great work together, and for it to be recognized locally, nationally, and globally.

“My collaborative, creative relationship and friendship with Lee Foster helped me further my craft in screen-media music. As he was producing television commercials and directing films, he would give me the call to score the music for many of these projects, and all the while I was honing my skills further. Working with him and his team has always been inspiring, and an enjoyable challenge – because he always expects me to deliver a quality score. We both try to raise the bar with each project we go into, and it’s our passion for the craft that drives our work. Others among our collaborative projects have also been recognized in the past, most notably The Use of Deadly Force (2016), starring Elvis Stojko.”

SOCAN congratulates our own Gagan Singh on this great achievement!

SOCAN has achieved an exclusive reproduction rights settlement with CBC that provides royalties to our clients for copies of their music made and used by the organization’s platforms. SOCAN reproduction rights clients have already benefitted from substantial royalties distributed for past uses, and will see additional royalties distributed on an ongoing basis.

The deal follows the 2020 decision by the Copyright Board of Canada for $1.5-million, further confirming the value of the right, and ensuring music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for reproductions of their work as “post-synchronization copies” made on all digital and broadcast platforms.

A “post-synchronization copy” occurs when a broadcaster uploads original video content containing copyright music to a digital content management system to make copies for internal use.

For example, video containing music is first received by a broadcaster as the original file. It is then copied as part of their broadcasting operations, to facilitate viewing on different digital or broadcast platforms, or for use in different regions.  The rightsholders are legally entitled to fair remuneration for any of these copies made by the broadcasters.

SOCAN is currently the only music rights organization in Canada licensing and distributing royalties on post-synchronization copies. The CBC agreement provides incremental value to reproduction rights holders, as SOCAN continues negotiations with other Canadian broadcasters that require the license.

The CBC agreement covers 2012-18, and extends to 2022. It follows a 2020 decision by the Copyright Board of Canada that awarded SOCAN clients $1.5 million, covering 2008-12.

“The new SOCAN post-synchronization copy agreement further illustrates SOCAN’s commitment to seeking out and demanding fair compensation for music creators,” said Martin Lavallée, Senior Legal Counsel and Head of Reproduction Rights at SOCAN. “After successfully advocating for the long-overlooked music use, SOCAN reproduction rights clients will reap the monetary rewards going forward.”

Recognizing the valuable work done between SOCAN and CBC on post-synchronization copy negotiations, CBC confirmed the same agreement would also be applied to CBC-owned ARTV. resolving an ongoing litigation concerning this channel.

Under the terms of the settlement agreements, financial details cannot be disclosed.

Compensation for this type of music use will evolve over time, as SOCAN continues to advocate for fair compensation for the work of its members. SOCAN has proposed a post-synchronization tariff to the Copyright Board of Canada which has not yet been certified. Without a certified tariff, SOCAN works with broadcasters to create licensing agreements that provide both fair value to the user and fair  compensation to the rightsholders.

SOCAN clients are already benefitting from agreements for television post-synchronization copies with Quebec-based broadcasters, and several English-speaking Bell and Corus channels.