by SaskMusic

June 5, 2012 in SaskMusic News

SaskMusic Proudly Presents
(How Songwriters Get Paid)

Terry O’Brien, Education & Outreach Manager, SOCAN

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 2pm
Regina: SaskMusic
210-2300 Dewdney Ave

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 2pm
Saskatoon: The Two Twenty
220 20th Street West

How do songwriters make money? One way is through royalties collected from the venues and radio stations that play live or recorded music. It would be impossible for individual songwriters to go around and collect payments from the thousands of businesses in Canada (and tens of thousands worldwide) who pay license fees to use your music. That’s where SOCAN comes in!

A collective for the performing rights of creators and publishers of music, SOCAN makes sure you get paid for the public performance and communication to the public (broadcast) of your music. SOCAN collects license fees, as set by the Copyright Board of Canada, on your behalf and then pays royalties to songwriters and publishers. Working in conjunction with similar organizations in countries around the world, SOCAN also collects and pay royalties to Canadian songwriters and publishers when their music is performed in other countries. Whether you get paid, and how much, depends on several factors…which will be explained in detail! This session will be of interest to songwriters working in all genres of music.

SOCAN’s Terry O’Brien will give the rundown on what SOCAN does, and how performing rights organizations operate. He will provide a brief explanation of tariffs, licensing and royalties that apply to music use in film/television, radio, live performance, internet, and other revenue streams. Terry will also talk about new initiatives at SOCAN, including education, e-commerce, and member benefits.

Pre-Registration is appreciated as space is limited; call 1-800-347-0676 or email FREE; Everyone is welcome.