As a SOCAN member, of course you’ll be compensated for public performances of your music, worldwide. But SOCAN membership also makes you eligible for valuable benefits that can help you manage your career, both at home and on the road. To take advantage of any of the benefits listed below, visit http://www.socan.com/socan-advantage/.
Front Row Musical Instruments and Studio Liability Group Program
Front Row Insurance allows you to take advantage of excellent rates, coverage, and deductibles to protect the tools of your trade – musical instruments and studio gear. Premiums range from $125 for $10,000 of coverage, to $2,050 for $200,000 worth of coverage. Front Row also offers worldwide coverage of equipment at no extra charge, low deductibles (from $1,000 to $500 for each event), earthquake and flood coverage, and 30 days coverage (up to $10,000) for newly-acquired or borrowed instruments. Front Row has an online quoting tool that allows members to get a quote and obtain coverage 24/7, quickly and efficiently, from home or on the road. Additionally, Front Row has been setting aside $10 from the premiums for each use of the SOCAN member discount, to donate to the SOCAN Foundation, which fosters Canadian music creation. (The $10 discount and donation is excluded in Quebec, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.)
(Virtual) SOCAN Song Camp Mondays
The SOCAN Song Camp Mondays initiative is about supporting the artistic development of Canada’s music creators by connecting three songwriters for a day-long writing session. The song camps, usually held at our “Sound Lounge” writing rooms in Toronto, Montréal, and Vancouver, have gone online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our Virtual Song Camp Mondays now connect members from across the continent, and around the world, from the comfort of their own homes or home studios.
SOCAN Houses in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Paris, France
SOCAN offers its members accommodations in three cities, exclusively for all SOCAN writers, composers and publishers who are visiting those places to further their career, craft or business. The SOCAN House Los Angeles is a private apartment nestled in the beautiful city of Silverlake, only steps away from the famous Sunset Boulevard. The SOCAN House in Nashville is located in the heart of an up-and-coming creative community, while still close to the downtown core. The SOCAN House in Paris is an apartment in the 9th arrondissement, near the Pigalle metro station, just a stone’s throw from the legendary Moulin Rouge, La Cigale, Les Trois Baudets, and “guitar street”.
Budget Car and Truck
SOCAN Members can receive between five and 25 percent off the lowest available discountable time and mileage retail rate, at participating Budget locations in Canada and the US. You can rent from Budget at more than 1,100 locations in North America.
SOCAN members can receive between five and 25 percent off the lowest available discountable time and mileage retail rate, at participating AVIS locations worldwide. Avis is available at more than 4,700 locations in 171 countries, around the world.
Bandzoogle Website Builder
Bandzoogle makes it easy to build a professional website and EPK for your music. The all-in-one platform offers powerful design options, a commission-free music & merch store, mailing list management, website analytics, integrations with social networks, reliable cloud hosting, custom domains, and more. SOCAN members get a six-month free trial, plus 15 percent off any subscription.
MasterWriter Songwriting Software
SOCAN members receive a 20 percent discount on MasterWriter songwriting software, a powerful suite of songwriting tools assembled in one program.
SOCAN members receive a 10 percent discount off of all courses and certificate programs at Berklee Online, the award-winning online extension school of the word-renowned Berklee College of Music.
Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) Health Insurance for SOCAN Members
The Arts & Entertainment Plan® provides health insurance benefits for SOCAN members who would otherwise be without this important safety net. SOCAN members have access to this health insurance solution, consisting of extended health care, dental care, prescription drug coverage, life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance, and travel emergency medical coverage.
Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) Home and Auto Insurance
SOCAN members have access to preferred rates on home and auto insurance through AFBS’ Group Home and Auto Insurance Program. The program has been in place for 15 years and provides coverage for your home, home business, vehicle and more.
SOCAN Group Banking Program with RBC
SOCAN members can access benefits and discounts on a wide range of RBC banking products and services, including VIP banking, personal financing solutions, specialty savings accounts, investments and investment services, and special VISA cards. The program offers advice, support, savings, and rewards.
Canadian Musician magazine
SOCAN members are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on the current subscription offer to Canadian Musician magazine, Canada’s magazine for professional and amateur musicians. Published since 1979, CM covers prominent Canadian artists, the latest gear, techniques, and the business of music.
Music Books Plus
SOCAN members now get a 10 percent discount off the retail price on all items featured on the website of Music Books Plus, a great source for music and audio books, videos, DVDs, software, and sheet music. The company carries more than 13,000 titles on the music business, songwriting, arranging, theory, directories, pro audio, video, live sound, recording, lighting, midi, instruments (from keyboards to guitar to violin to harmonica), plus biographies, fakebooks, and songbooks.