JUNO Week receives another SOCAN Licensed to Play designation

March 22, 2018

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) has received another major Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN – indicating that the live venues, where artists will play in the JUNO Week festival have been licensed by SOCAN.

JUNO Week 2018 was presented with a special designation, a version of the emblem that more than 40,000 Canadian music-using businesses have so far received to show off their support of fair compensation for music creators.

“We are proud to achieve official Licensed To Play status once again,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. "Virtually every one of the acts performing during JUNO Week, at our two award shows, and at the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, include SOCAN members, and we’re delighted to work again with our friends at SOCAN to make sure music creators and publishers receive the royalties they’ve earned. We encourage other festivals to do the same.”

“The Licensed To Play designation is a badge of honour that shows that CARAS and the JUNOs are committed to being an ethical and legal part of the Canadian music ecosystem,” says SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Music rights and fair licensing are a partnership, and it's gratifying to see their commitment to the Licensed To Play initiative. The JUNOs, and showcasing venues, are doing what’s right for music creators and music publishers.”

This is the second time that JUNO Week has been declared officially Licensed To Play by SOCAN.

JUNO Week 2018 will showcase hundreds of musical acts at dozens of SOCAN-licensed, live-music venues across Vancouver from March 19 to 25, 2018. The events culminate with the live broadcast of the JUNO Awards on March 25.

While organizations that use music to make their business better should abide by the law, constantly monitoring every one of Canada's music-using businesses isn't feasible. SOCAN works with businesses and their trade associations to encourage them to stay up-to-date with their fair music licenses. Collectively, these licenses are a major part of a songwriter, composer or music publisher's livelihood through royalties, and a vital aspect of Canada's music ecosystem.

Canadian Music Week, the East Coast Music Awards, BreakOut West, and M for Montréal have also received the special designation since the Licensed To Play program launched in 2014.