JUNO Week receives another SOCAN Licensed to Play designation

Mar 22, 2018

The 47th JUNO Awards have received a Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN, indicating that the festival‘s live venues have been legally licensed by SOCAN, ensuring writers and publishers of the music played during the festival will be fairly compensated for the use of their work.

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

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 JUNO Songwriters Circle include SOCAN members, and we are delighted to work again with our friends at SOCAN to make sure music creators and publishers receive the royalties they have earned. We encourage other festivals to do the same.

SOCAN’s Licensed To Play program enables businesses that use music to show that they support fair compensation for songwriters, composers and music publishers by confirming that their licenses are up-to-date. Almost 40,000 SOCAN-licensed businesses have become part of the initiative.

Licensed To Play encourages businesses and their customers to think of music as an integral aspect of their experience. Being Licensed To Play showcases the partnership and mutual respect between more than 130,000 licensed businesses and more than 150,000 SOCAN members.

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.

During JUNO Week, Vancouver will be buzzing with industry representatives from across Canada and local music-makers. The festival will showcase hundreds of musical performances at more than 15 SOCAN-licensed live-music venues across Vancouver from March 19-25.