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How To Register for SOCAN - Network4Musicians


How To Register for SOCAN

How-to Articles ◦ Music-Business
Created by: Network 4 Musicians
Mon, March 10 2014
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Why Register With SOCAN?

SOCAN pays royalties to songwriters, composers, and lyricists when their music is performed (in bars, concerts, on the radio/TV, & more).

Registering with SOCAN will allow you to collect royalties anytime one of your musical works is performed.

How Much Does it Cost to Register?

"Membership is free for music creators who apply online."

Who Can Register for SOCAN?

"To become a SOCAN member, music creators must meet the following criteria:

  • be a music composer, songwriter, or lyricist;
  • have created a musical work or part of a musical work that has been:
    • published by a music publisher; or
    • recorded; or
    • performed (or will be) in a public forum (i.e. radio, television, film, live performance, satellite radio, ringtone or internet) subject to licensing by SOCAN"
Getting Started: STEP 1

After clicking APPLY and ACCEPT you will need to select your "performance information (see the graphic below)."

Then enter one of your performances' details (select the one that applies).

Choosing Your US Representative

Your US rep. is an organization similar to SOCAN that will collect royalties on your behalf, and distribute them to SOCAN.

A good article by SOCAN explains more about choosing a US Rep., but if your in a rush I personally recommend SESAC for contemporary classical composers.


SOCAN should email you shortly saying that your now a member of SOCAN.

After about 3-14 days your SOCAN forms should arrive in the mail.

Sign your forms, and get your witness to sign them as well.

Send back the signed forms in the provided envelope to SOCAN.

Congratulations, your now a member of SOCAN, and you can start collecting royalties anytime your music is performed.

Network4Musicians is not affiliated with SOCAN

All quotes taken from SOCAN

SOCAN members receive royalties when their music is performed on the radio, on TV, in concert, in film, in bars, and much more.

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