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June 13th, 2011

Value, accessibility and convenience

The most immediate way to sense the value of music to your business is to imagine your business without it. And our customers, tens of thousands acrossCanada, consider music so integral to their business that it’s part of their brand – as important as décor.  Here is a brief explanation of why you, as an owner or operator, require a performing rights licence when you use copyright-protected music in your facility.

SOCAN stands for Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada.  We ensure that music creators and their publishers get paid for the communication to the public and public performance of their music.  SOCAN does this by granting performing rights licences to businesses and individuals publicly playing or broadcasting live or recorded music.

SOCAN will grant such a licence, allowing you access to virtually the world’s entire repertoire of copyright-protected music, when the applicable licence fees are paid.  These fees are based on tariff rates set by the Copyright Board of Canada.

There are more than 25 different SOCAN tariffs to accommodate the many different uses of music. Some of the most common ones are:


  • Live Music – Tariff 3A

  • Adult Entertainment Clubs – Tariff 3C

  • Popular Music Concerts – Tariff 4A

  • Motion Picture Theatres – Tariff 6

  • Reception, Conventions, Assemblies and Fashion Shows – Tariff 8

  • Background Music – Tariff 15A

  • Telephone Music On Hold – Tariff 15B

  • Recorded Music for Dancing – Tariff 18

  • Fitness Activities and Dance Instruction – Tariff 19

  • Karaoke – Tariff 20


For full details on these and other SOCAN tariffs, or to find out more about SOCAN, visit www.socan.ca or give us a call. For new customers, please call 1-866-944-6210 and for existing customer queries, please call 1-866-944-6223.


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