Music lovers across the country and social media platforms have benefitted from the generosity of Canada’s music creators since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, with live online concerts on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram.

SOCAN is now reciprocating the love by launching Encore!, a program that compensates music creators and publishers for their invaluable work.

“Like so many Canadians, SOCAN member songwriters, composers, and music publishers are facing tough times, with the loss of revenue from touring and in-person concerts,” said Jennifer Brown, Interim CEO of SOCAN. “Many of our members have stepped up for fans, staging online concerts to bring the public together and keep their careers moving ahead, so it’s only fair that they get paid for their generous work, with our Encore! program.”

SOCAN’s Board of Directors and management team recently approved the allocation of a portion of licensing revenue collected from Facebook for the Encore! program.

Encore! will ease the financial burden on SOCAN writer members and their publishers created by the pandemic. A total of approximately $200,000 is available each quarter for the program for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown in Canada.

To receive an Encore! payment for a live music event on Facebook or Instagram:

  • At least ten songs/compositions must be performed live, or a live performance of at least 30 minutes must take place, on Facebook or Instagram ,from March 15, 2020, to March 7, 2021 (inclusive).
  • At least 100 people must have attended the live concert event while it was happening.
  • A set list of all music performed has to be sent via SOCAN’s Notification of Live Music Performance (NLMP) form at, with the “venue” identified as Facebook or Instagram.
  • Claims must be made within 90 days of the Facebook/Instagram concert occurring.

Each online concert will be eligible for a total payment of $150, with shares of royalties going to all rights holders of the music performed.

Check the FAQs here.

How to “Get Set. Get Paid.”

Live performances on social media properties normally don’t generate more than a few dollars in royalties for songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Typically, royalties from music used on these platforms come from streamed and downloaded recorded music.

In addition to live music events on Facebook and Instagram, SOCAN is in the process of adding more online platforms to the Encore! program. The organization is encouraging its members to submit set lists for all online concerts. Just be sure to indicate the social media platform as the venue.

SOCAN will soon launch its regular “Get Set, Get Paid” awareness initiative, encouraging members to submit Notification of Live Music Performance (NLMP) set lists for past in-person concerts. Only by submitting set lists can license money, already paid by concert venues, be matched to the correct rights holders of the music performed, enabling those who earned royalties to receive them.

SOCAN also confirmed that its regular distribution of royalties to all members will go out as planned, on time, on May 15th. Since March 13th, all 275 SOCAN employees across its offices in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, and Los Angeles have been teleworking, with the company operating at full capacity.

Due to the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, SOCAN’s annual general meeting is postponed until the fall of 2020.

The organization is working to determine the date and format for the event. The plan currently is to hold the meeting online, with full registration and voting capabilities.

As with most non-profit and publicly-traded organizations, SOCAN has applied to Corporations Canada for postponement. Once we hear from Corporations Canada, a date will be determined and SOCAN members will be notified accordingly.

We look forward to reporting on 2019 financials and activities to our members in the fall, and appreciate their patience and understanding as we work through these extraordinary circumstances.

In the midst of social distancing to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, SOCAN is continuing to operate at full capacity. To keep you posted about what we’re doing to adapt to the situation, and how we’re doing it, we present a series of SOCAN Leadership Updates – online video interviews with various SOCAN executives.

This time, SOCAN’s new interim Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Brown  discusses how she’s settling into her new role, talks about her goals, and answers the question she’s asked most often.

The first Leadership Update video featured Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty discussing his team’s work during the pandemic, including our important advocacy efforts with government.

Stay tuned for more videos from the SOCAN team!