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.