Canadian PRO SOCAN launches livestreams licensing scheme
Lots of artists and especially DJs are livestreaming on Facebook and Instagram, but as the latter platform recently made clear, there are some licensing restrictions on what music can be played. Canadian collecting society...
May 29, 2020
Socan CEO Eric Baptiste resigns and steps down immediately
There’s a change at the top for Canadian collecting society Socan, as its CEO Eric Baptiste has resigned and stepped down with immediate effect. Why so abrupt? “With the end of the current CEO contract approaching, Eric...
April 15, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related music industry news (3 April)
Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
April 3, 2020
Socan collections exceeded $400m for the first time in 2019
The latest collecting society announcing growth in its annual collections is Canadian PRO Socan. It estimates that it collected C$405.5m (around US$305.1m) in 2019 – the first time its collections have exceeded $400m in...
February 26, 2020
SOCAN Foundation launches music-production mentorship program
Canadian organisation the SOCAN Foundation – part of collecting society SOCAN’s group of companies – is launching a new program aimed at emerging music-producers who are women. It’s called the Equity X Production...
November 29, 2019
SOCAN set a new record for royalty payouts in 2018
Perhaps we should start asking some pointed questions to any collecting society or label that *isn’t* announcing record royalties and/or payouts. New milestones are being set by the week in 2019, it seems. Canadian collecting...
June 19, 2019
Socan collected and paid out record royalties in 2018
Canadian collecting society Socan has announced another year of record collections and distributions, which it says was buoyed by “a rising tide of Canadian music success around the world”. The society’s revenues grew...
February 22, 2019
Socan launches its Dataclef global music-services platform
Canadian collecting society Socan had a big announcement yesterday: a new ‘global music services platform’ called Dataclef, which it says is aimed at other collecting societies as well as music rightsholders of all sizes....
October 23, 2018
Canadian collecting society Socan acquires Sodrac
Socan is getting its wallet out again: this time the collecting society has closed its acquisition of fellow Canadian organisation Sodrac (the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers). Socan...
August 1, 2018
Socan collected $352m to songwriters and publishers in 2017
Canadian collecting society Socan is the latest industry entity to reveal encouraging growth in 2017. It collected $352m in royalties for songwriters, composers and publishers last year, up 8% year-on-year which thus reflects...
June 21, 2018
Facebook signs licensing deals with Sacem, Socan and Wixen
Facebook’s music-licensing efforts continue apace, with the announcement of three more deals this weekend. The social network now has agreements with French collecting society Sacem; Canadian PRO Socan; and music publisher...
March 19, 2018
Socan promises more transparency with ‘Layla’ royalty system
Canadian PRO Socan has launched a new royalty income and tracking system for customers of its Audiam subsidiary. Called ‘Layla’ (we’re sorry for the guitar-solo earworm you’ll be enjoying all morning now) it’s aimed...
February 6, 2018