SOCAN and SACEM sign unprecedented transatlantic agreement

June 2, 2016

SOCAN and SACEM, the French authors’ rights society, have signed an agreement that will allow Canadian music creators to participate in large pan-European deals with digital service providers (DSPs). This is the first deal of its kind, and entrusts SACEM to administer and collect from multi-territorial DSPs in Europe for the performing rights of the more than 135,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members of SOCAN.

SOCAN is the first North American music rights organization to fully realize the opportunities of dealing with one collective for pan-European licensing in the expanding realm of digital usage. With this deal, SACEM will be the first performing rights society in Europe assigned to represent the digital rights of a North American music rights organization in pan-European licenses, adding to the scale and breadth of the repertoire SACEM already represents with its 157,000 creators and publishers or through pre-existing mandates such as UMPI or Wixen Publishing. This agreement will have immediate benefits for SOCAN members as it will provide one unique point of collection, and therefore transparency, velocity and efficiency in the management of their rights

SACEM is a founding member of Armonia, the first European online music licensing hub, and the SOCAN/SACEM mandate will be handled through the Armonia platform. In that framework, SOCAN will join the Armonia community and directly benefit from its simplicity to negotiate with one voice with digital service providers and the processing services which provide automated data cleansing and enrichment, leading to more accurate identification of works.

“This agreement is part of SOCAN’s vision to lead the global transformation of music rights, and means that SOCAN's more than 135,000 members will benefit greatly from further improved tracking of royalties in the burgeoning European music market,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Thanks to this partnership with SACEM, we look forward to bringing even better returns for Canada's songwriters, composers and music publishers, allowing us to participate even more deeply in the emerging global marketplace.”

“We are very happy with SOCAN's decision,” said SACEM CEO Jean-Noël Tronc. “It illustrates our commitment to improve efficiency in the digital environment for fair and transparent online revenues to songwriters, composers and music publishers. The SACEM/SOCAN agreement will enhance the Armonia community, for the first time extending beyond Europe.”