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$67 in Average Domestic Digital Royalty Payments—That’s It?

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The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Canada’s performance rights organization (PRO) representing more than 135,000 Canadian songwriters, composers, and publishers, has released some numbers on its collection and distribution for 2019. Over $400 million (CAD) was collected, the highest in the 30-year history of the organization, and an increase of 8% over 2018.

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SOCAN Acquires Reproduction Rights Organization SODRAC

The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has acquired the reproduction rights organization the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). The non-monetary deal, years in the making, will improve efficiencies and streamline operations.

Within the next six months to a year, SODRAC will cease to exist and its staff will move to the Montreal office of SOCAN. A new Reproduction Rights committee of the SOCAN board will be set up to include directors of SOCAN and SODRAC. For the first time, the Canadian music industry will have a single organization to license, track, and distribute royalties for both performing and mechanical rights. SODRAC currently has more than 9,000 members, while SOCAN has more than 150,000.

SOCAN Music Awards

The AFM wishes to congratulate all of its members who were honored at the SOCAN Music Awards. Among those receiving SOCAN Awards were:

  • Randy Bachman of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC), Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dallas Green of Local 298 (Niagara Region, ON), National Achievement Award
  • Brett Kissel of Local 390 (Edmonton, AB), Country Music Award for “3-2-1”
  • Tim Hicks of Local 298, Country Music Award for “Got a Feeling” (Roots 3 Music Inc.)
  • Robert Carli of Local 149 (Toronto, ON), Domestic TV Music Award – Fiction, for Murdoch Mysteries
  • Ian LeFeuvre, Ari Posner, and Chris Tiat, all members of Local 149, Domestic TV Music Award – Animated, for Johnny Test
  • Jeff Danna of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), Achievement in Feature Film Music Award for The Expatriate
  • Andrew Lockington of Local 149, Achievement in Feature Film Music Award for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • Keith Power of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), International TV Series Music Award for Hawaii Five-O
  • The Strumbellas of Local 149, Folk/Roots Music Award
  • Shawn Mendes of Local 149, 2015 SOCAN Breakout Award
  • Kirk MacDonald, of Local 149, Hagood Hardy Award