SOCAN is a not-for-profit member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of over three million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. We play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of our more than 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. We collect licence fees from over 45,000 businesses across Canada and distribute royalties to our members and other music rights organizations around the world. We also distribute royalties to our members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with other peer societies.
In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work.
SOCAN's business purpose is a framework for organizing and communicating the basic identity and intention of our organization: SOCAN serves and champions the needs of music creators and publishers. We advocate and protect their rights, license access to the world's music, and collect and distribute royalties in Canada and around the world.
SOCAN is an enabler for licensees to earn more money as they rely on music to enhance their businesses; for members to write and perform music, and build their careers; and for employees to achieve their career objectives. We have a global reach through our partner MROs in more than 80 countries.
SOCAN was formed in 1990, but our predecessors have been around in some form or another in Canada since 1925. SOCAN was created as a result of the merger of two former Canadian performing rights societies: The Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (CAPAC) and the Performing Rights Organization of Canada (PROCAN). In 1925, the Performing Rights Society (PRS) of the United Kingdom formed the Canadian Performing Rights Society (CPRS). Over the years, CAPAC worked to protect the rights of our members, especially in the face of opposition from the well-established radio and television industries. In 1990, CAPAC and PROCAN merged to form SOCAN.