SOCAN employees help hurricane Maria relief effort in Dominica

The SOCAN Clear Harbor Cares Team. Left to right: Irma Stewart, Carolyn Williamson, CEO Eric Baptiste, Nora Hanna, Adam McNeil, and Justin Keating. (Photo: Brad Ardley)
November 14, 2017

SOCAN and its more than 300 employees have made a donation of nearly $8,000 to Clear Harbor Cares, a fund created to assist Clear Harbor employees who’ve been impacted or displaced due to the recent damage caused by hurricane Maria in Dominica, with funds raised through a two-week-long, company-wide raffle, bake sale and cash donations.

Since October of 2014, Clear Harbour has worked closely with SOCAN's Distribution team to process and enter audio-visual cue sheets. The organization has extensive expertise in the area, also providing services to other music rights organizations around the world.

"The distribution of performance royalties is one of the most important services that SOCAN provides to our members, and Clear Harbor employees play an integral role in that process," says Vice President of Distribution, Kit Wheeler. "Our donation will not only help those affected by the hurricane, but it also helps to ensure that Clear Harbor continues to offer a valuable service to the music rights world, while continuing to provide much needed support to its employees.”

As a significant business on the island of Dominica, Clear Harbor employs more than 750 people, and 100 percent of the funds that SOCAN employees have donated are going to Clear Harbor employees, to help them re-build and safeguard their lives.

This initiative is one of many charitable efforts undertaken by SOCAN. Causes and charities that SOCAN employees have previously supported include the North York Harvest Food Bank, Eva’s Place, and Dress for Success. Additionally, all proceeds from the SOCAN merch store go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.