SOCAN is a member-based and member-governed organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations (MROs) around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer MROs. www.socan.ca
SOCAN’s activities are prepared and deployed within the framework of a five-year Strategic Plan, which is refreshed and renewed annually. We welcome you to read our plan.
To raise the bar for music rights.
SOCAN serves and champions music creators and publishers. We advocate for them and protect their rights, license access to the world’s music, and collect and distribute royalties in Canada and around the world.
**SOCAN is currently updating its corporate strategy, and we look forward to sharing it later in 2016.**
Core to SOCAN’s operational success is a robust governance structure that helps us to maintain the trust and respect of members, licensees, employees, media and the government, and allows us to operate in an open and transparent way.
We pride ourselves on a sound governance structure that supports us in achieving our Vision and Strategic Objectives. This structure includes a Code of Conduct for Directors and a Policy on Committees of the Board. There is a regular evaluation of the CEO’s performance process by the Board and a self-assessment questionnaire completed by the directors to measure the Board’s own performance.
SOCAN provides an orientation program on Governance Policies and Procedures for new directors, and a refresher for returning directors. Directors are provided with a Resource Guide at the start of their three-year term and there are structured education and orientation sessions. While the formal interface between the Board and Management is through the CEO, there are numerous opportunities, both formal and informal, for Board members to interact with management.
Left to right
Back row: Marc Ouellette, Composer; Rosaire Archambault, Éditorial Avenue; Ed Henderson, Composer; Denis Wolff, Ho-Tune Musique; Craig Horton, Nettwerk Music Publishing
Middle row: Patrick Curley, Third Side Music; Gilles Valiquette, Songwriter; Vivian Barclay, Warner Chappel Music Canada Ltd; Ben Mink, Songwriter; Victor Davies, Composer; Gary Furniss, Sony/ATV Music Canada Publishing; Glenn Morley, Composer; Safwan Javed,songwriter
Front row: Earl Rosen, de Sade Songs;Jennifer Mitchell, Casablanca Media Publishing Inc; Stan Meissner, Board President, Songwriter
Absent: Jean-Robert Bisaillon, Songwriter; Rober Ott, ole
Back row: Mike King, Vice President – Human Capital; Janice Scott, Vice President – Information Technology; Jeff King, Chief Operating Officer; ; Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer; Jennifer Brown, Vice President – Licensing; Andrew Berthoff, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer; Catharine Saxberg, Vice President – International Relations; ; David Wood, Chief Financial Officer; Gilles Daigle, General Counsel – Legal Services;
Front row: Geneviève Côté, Chief Québec Affairs Officer; Eric Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer; ; Kit Wheeler, Vice President – Distribution;
SOCAN as an organization reflects the diversity of the songwriters, composers and music publishers that we represent. We encourage and foster a music-rich workplace, and promote a positive, productive and enjoyable working environment for the 294 employees who comprised our staff at the end of 2015.
SOCAN works to back to the communities in which we operate, whether the neighborhoods that surround our offices, or charitable organizations that support musicians. Just a few examples of SOCAN’s demonstrated commitment to our employees, the environment and community in 2015:
Aevitas Light Bulb and Lamps Recycling
Upon completion of renovations at our head office, 206 light bulbs and lamps were diverted from landfill and donated to Aevitas, an industry leader in providing environmentally responsible, cost-effective solutions for unique waste streams.
Bike Building Challenge
During SOCAN’s annual “People.Connected.Day.”, an annual event that brings employees together for a day of fun activities and team building, 12 children’s bikes were assembled and donated to Toronto’s Toy Mountain initiative during the 2015 holiday season.
Building and Owners Managers Association of Canada (BOMA) Certification
Our employees ensure that their everyday practices uphold the highest environmental standards. As a results of these efforts, SOCAN received a certification from the Building and Owners Managers Association of Canada (BOMA, which recognizes environmental achievement in all aspects of building management, (i.e., energy management, water usage, waste reduction, lighting, emergency response, “green” cleaning, etc.). Our Toronto building achieved a prestigious Level 3 designation (Level 4 is the highest and usually designated to newer building), recognizing our commitment to continually improving our environmental performance. Of those that apply for certification, only 30% of applicants achieve Level 3 and a rare 2% attain Level 4.
Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund
From our talented employees, SOCAN assembled our own “Unlicensed to Play” band to perform classic songs by our members at the annual Re:Cital Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. A total of $10,000 was raised that evening, and many SOCAN employees attended the downtown Toronto event to support their musically-talented colleagues.
Canadian Lions Eye Glass Donation
Employees generously donated their old glasses to the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre, an organization that provides free eyewear to underprivileged people around the world.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success, a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged people by providing professional attire, awarded SOCAN a certificate of appreciation for our generous donations to the charity’s clothing drive over the last two years.
Earth Day – Community Clean-Up
On Earth Day, employees took to the surrounding community to pick-up garbage and waste. Five large bags of waste were collected by employees from around our Toronto building alone.
Habitat for Humanity
As a result of renovations to the SOCAN head office, we were able to donate 28 doors to Habitat for Humanity.
North York Harvest Food Bank
During Halloween festivities, non-perishable food items were collected from employees and donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank. With more than 75,000 visits from Toronto residents to GTA food banks each month, it’s important for SOCAN employees to contribute to families in need.
According a report by Shred-It, SOCAN’s partnership with them and dedication to recycling helped save no fewer than 330 trees in 2015.
Sick Kids Corporate IceWave Challenge
SOCAN colleagues, relatives and friends participated again in the annual Corporate IceWave Challenge, Toronto’s largest indoor beach volleyball tournament, in support of children receiving treatment for cancer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
As part of SOCAN’s dedication to helping students get ‘real world’ experience, the Communications & Marketing teamed up once again with students and recent grads of Sheridan College’s Media Arts program to film and produce three 15-second videos to promote SOCAN’s Licensed to Play campaign and the value of music to businesses.
Each year, the SOCAN Social Committees organize events to bring employees together to help build camaraderie and showcase what makes SOCAN such a great place to work. Events such as Ice Cream Day, Donut Day, Diversity Day, People.Connected.Day (an annual event that brings employees from across the organization together for a full-day of activities), the Holiday Party, Halloween and Valentine’s Day festivities, were just some of the ways the Social Committees helped foster corporate culture in 2015 and rewarded employees for all their hard work and dedication to the company.
Unison Benevolent Fund
SOCAN employees committed personal time over the year to support the Unison Benevolent Fund – the non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We sponsored, and fielded a team at the cause’s annual golf tournament, and at its “Canada Rocks” curling bonspiel, where SOCAN’s “Unlicensed To Curl” team competed against the rest of the music industry over a fun-filled day. At these events, close to $100,000 was raised for the cause.