ElyOtto, SOCAN, Interview

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Check out ElyOtto’s incredible journey, from becoming a viral sensation on TikTok to receiving major recognition at the 2022 SOCAN Awards. ElyOtto shares their heartfelt experience of being recognized, and the exhilarating feeling of seeing fans create new art, inspired by their captivating song.

As the Canadian music industry gradually emerged from pandemic restrictions, SOCAN saw significant year-over-year increases in collections from music licenses for the use of the world’s music in Canada. Digital collections continued their upward trajectory, nearly surpassing traditional broadcast revenue, and collections from concerts exceeded pre-pandemic levels. 

  • Total collections: $484 million – a 16% increase over 2021. 
  • Total domestic collections: $374 million (+20% year-over-year). 
  • Total collections from use of music on the internet: $167 million (+24% year-over-year). 
  • Reproduction Rights collections: $15 million (+35% year-over-year). 
  • Total collections from international sources: a 3% increase, to $110-million. 

The not-for-profit company was able to increase collections while decreasing its expense to revenue ratio to 11.7% – a full percentage point less than 2021.  

With nearly 6,000 new members joining SOCAN in 2022, the total number is more than 185,000, which means that more Canadian music creators and publishers are earning royalties than at any time in history. It’s more important than ever to support their work as a vital part of our national culture and pride. 

While increased collections result in more royalties paid overall, we’re seeing that not all creators are benefiting from the increase in digital royalties. Canadian music creators aren’t receiving the same visibility in the digital spaces when compared to traditional platforms like radio. 

The discrepancy is significant. In fact, SOCAN domestic royalty distributions to Canadian SOCAN creators decreased by 9% over the past five years due to digital revenue outpacing traditional sources. 

“SOCAN’s member-centric strategy to maximize royalties and revolutionize our service for our members is taking positive effect,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “There continue to be strong headwinds for Canada’s music creators and publishers, but SOCAN is doing its part to benefit from the impact of digital forces, by identifying and collecting new licenses around music uses, and by advocating for government policy changes. Bill C-11 was an important step in supporting and promoting Canadian music in the digital space.”  

 SOCAN’s 2023 annual report is available here. 

SOCAN was one the scene as APTN Indigenous Day Live returned in full force on June 17, 2023, at The Forks in Winnipeg. The theme for this year was “Celebrating Our Youth,” and encompassed a full day of engaging activities and an evening of great live performances.

Among the festivities were traditional storytelling demonstrations and games, a Métis fiddle competition, a marketplace of talented artisans, food vendors, and more. Broadcast live across North America on APTN (the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), the free evening concert, hosted by Samian and Jessica Matten, feature a thrilling lineup of artists, including The Halluci Nation, Laura Niquay, Maimouna Youssef (a.k.a. Mumu Fresh), Aysanabee, Digging Roots, and many more.

SOCAN was a partner of the event, and also hosted a booth at the artisan market — where our Administrative Co-Ordinator, Creative, Claire Boué, had the opportunity to meet many Indigenous artists and songwriters, and explain to them what SOCAN is, what we do, and how to register. Said Boué, “It was a great chance to show up, meet our members, and engage with community there!”
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