SOCAN and Muzooka collaborate to streamline live show reporting for artists

October 3, 2017

SOCAN and Muzooka, a leading provider of digital tools supporting the live music industry, are integrating their live performance technologies to make it easier for music creators to get paid when their work is performed onstage.

The Muzooka Setlist Submitter is a simplified solution to the stage-old challenge of reporting song set lists to receive more accurate payment of live performance royalties. Music creators earn royalties when the music to which they own the rights is played in public. This new technology from Muzooka enables performers and venue managers to submit a set list, integrating with SOCAN’s Notice of Live Music Performance (NLMP) application program interface (API) via the Muzooka platform.

Performances registered on Muzooka trigger a post-show reminder to the performer requesting a set list submission. Performers quickly select the songs performed from a list of their pre-registered works, and the Muzooka data verification tools confirm location, date and performer details, and submit via the NLMP API directly to SOCAN. That information is used by SOCAN to distribute live performance royalty payments accurately to the songwriters, lyricists, composers, and music publishers that own the rights to the music.

“Before now, submitting and obtaining set lists was equally challenging for artists and performing rights organizations," said Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership & Business Development Officer. "Rights-holders can't get paid unless we know what was played, so the collective return on investment is significant, but the process has been an impediment. Muzooka is helping solve the problem, and we applaud all efforts that help simplify the process of paying royalties to music creators.”

By streamlining the reporting process for live shows, SOCAN and Muzooka are making the process more simple, fast and accurate.