Board Structure and Voting

The foundation of sound governance begins with the membership voting for a Board of Directors. Every three years, more than 35,000 earning members are eligible to vote to elect a Board of Directors comprising nine songwriters and nine publishers.  Since 2012 the voting system has been exclusively online,  making it simpler, more cost effective, and inclusive to earning members.

A unique feature of SOCAN’s by-laws is that we must have a minimum of 36 candidates running for the 18 Board positions.  This ensures that our members have choices when they vote. 

The composition of the Board reflects the geographic and bi-cultural distinctiveness of Canada, along with a balanced representation of music genres.  The by-laws that govern the Board composition are characterized by regional representation, Francophone representation, new classical music representation, and music other than new classical music representation.