JUNO Week steps ahead to become Licensed to Play with SOCAN

March 10, 2016

The Canadian Academy of Recording Artists (CARAS) has stepped ahead to stand behind fair and legal music licensing, making the 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week the first major awards event to be Licensed To Play with SOCAN.

SOCAN has presented the 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week with a special Licensed to Play designation, for working to ensure that all of its performance venues are legally licensed with SOCAN to perform live and recorded music.

After confirming that more than 15 JUNO live music venues are licensed with SOCAN, JUNO Week was presented with a special Licensed to Play 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 believe strongly that every awards festival, conference or business that uses music as its business, or to make its business better, should be Licensed to Play with SOCAN," said Allan Reid, President & CEO of CARAS, The JUNO Awards. "2016 JUNO Week venues are playing their part to ensure that Canada's music creators are fairly compensated through licensing, and we call on all awards shows, music festivals and businesses that use music to follow our lead."

"Being Licensed To Play with SOCAN is a badge of honour and pride, and the 2016 JUNOs honour songwriters, composers and music publishers by stepping ahead to make a bold statement that they stand behind music creators' right and need to be compensated fairly for their work," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste.

The 45th annual JUNO Awards is the largest music event in North America that’s dedicated to honouring Canadian artists. JUNO Week 2016 will showcase dozens of musical acts at more than 15 live music venues across Calgary from Mar. 28 to Apr. 3. JUNO Week culminates with the live broadcast of the JUNO Awards on CTV on Apr. 3.

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.

In May of last year, Canadian Music Week became the first major music festival and conference in North America to ensure that all of its live music venues are licensed so that music creators and publishers can be fairly compensated. Since then, others have followed CMW's lead.