Tariffs & Forms

Music is used by businesses in many different ways. The following guide helps businesses determine which tariff licenses apply to the various uses of music.

If you are unsure which tariff applies to your business, please try the Licence Finder or contact SOCAN at 1-866-944-6210 or licence@socan.ca.

Music at an event

If you use live or recorded music during an event, you may need one or several of the licenses described below.

Tariff
Number
SummaryFee
Calculator
Licence
Form
Published
Tariff
Exhibitions & Fairs5ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Concerts at Exhibitions & Fairs, where a separate admission is charged5BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Receptions, Conventions, Assemblies, Fashion Shows (eg. in a banquet hall or hotel)8Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Sports Events9Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Strolling musicians & buskers; or recorded music in parks, streets & public areas10ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Marching Bands; Floats with Music10BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Circuses, Ice Shows, Fireworks, Displays, Sound Light Shows and Similar Events11ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Comedy Shows and Magic Shows11BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Recreational Facilities Operated by a Municpality, School, college, University, Agricultural Society, or Similar Community Organizations21Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette

Live music

If you promote popular or classical concerts, or have live music in your bar, restaurant, or similar venue, or in other situations, you may need one or more of the licenses described below.

Tariff
Number
SummaryFee
Calculator
Licence
Form
Published
Tariff
Live Music3ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Popular Music Concerts (Per Event Licence)4A1Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Popular Music Concerts (Annual Licence)4A2Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Classical Music Concerts (Per Concert Licence)4B1Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Annual Licence for Orchestras4B2Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Classical Music Concerts (Annual Licence for Presenting Organizations) (Per Event Licence)4B3Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Concerts at Exhibitions & Fairs, where a separate admission is charged5BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Sports Events9Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Marching Bands; Floats with Music10BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Circuses, Ice Shows, Fireworks, Displays, Sound Light Shows and Similar Events11ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Comedy Shows and Magic Shows11BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Performance of an Individual Work14--FormGazette
Recreational Facilities Operated by a Municpality, School, college, University, Agricultural Society, or Similar Community Organizations21Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette

Music on new media (internet, mobile)

*There is currently no calculator available for this section.

If you use music on a website (online radio, music store, etc.) or mobile devices (ringtones, satellite radio), you may need one of the licenses described below.

Tariff
Number
SummaryFee
Calculator
Licence
Form
Published
Tariff
Background Music Suppliers16Tariff Card-FormGazette
Internet - Online Music Services22ATariff Card-FormGazette
Internet – Other Uses of Music – Commercial Radio22BTariff Card-FormGazette
Internet – Other Uses of Music – Non-Commercial Radio22CTariff Card-FormGazette
Internet – Other Uses of Music – Commercial Television, Non-Broadcast Television, Pay Audio Services, Satellite Radio22DTariff Card-FormGazette
Internet: CBC, Ontario Educational Communications Authority, Société de télédiffusion du Québec22ETariff Card-FormGazette
Internet – Other Uses of Music – Audio Websites22FTariff Card-FormGazette
Internet – Other Uses of Music – Game Sites22G--FormGazette
Hotel and Motel In-Room Services23---Gazette
Ringtones24--FormGazette
Satellite Radio Services-Tariff Card--Gazette

Music in a business

If you use music in your business or organization, such as a restaurant, store, movie theatre, hotel, school, or plane, you may need one or several of the licenses described below.

Tariff
Number
SummaryFee
Calculator
Licence
Form
Published
Tariff
Live Music3ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Recorded Music Accompanying Live Entertainment3BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Adult Entertainment Clubs3CTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Exhibitions & Fairs5ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Motion Picture Theatres6Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Skating Rinks7Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Receptions, Conventions, Assemblies, Fashion Shows (eg. in a banquet hall or hotel)8Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Sports Events9Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Theme Parks, Ontario Place Corporation and Similar12ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Canada's Wonderland Inc. and Similar12BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Aircraft13ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Passenger Ships13BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Railroad Trains, Buses, and other Public Conveyances Excluding aircraft and Passenger Ships13CTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Background Music15ATariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Telephone Music on Hold15BTariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Background Music Suppliers16Tariff Card-FormGazette
Recorded Music for Dancing18Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Fitness and Dance Instruction19Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Karaoke and Similar Establishments20Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette
Recreational Facilities Operated by a Municpality, School, college, University, Agricultural Society, or Similar Community Organizations21Tariff CardCalculatorFormGazette

Music in broadcasts (radio, television, cable)

*There is currently no calculator available for this section.

Tariff
Number
SummaryFee
Calculator
Licence
Form
Published
Tariff
Pay Audio Services-Tariff Card--Gazette
Commercial Radio1ATariff Card-FormGazette
Non – Commercial Radio1BTariff Card-FormGazette
CBC Radio1C---Gazette
Commercial Television2ATariff Card--Gazette
Ontario Educational Communications Authority2B---Gazette
Société de télédiffusion du Québec2C---Gazette
CBC Television2D---Gazette
Pay, specialty or other television services17Tariff Card--Gazette
Retransmission of Distant Television Signals----Gazette
Retransmission of Distant Radio Signals----Gazette