Streaming Income Pumps SOCAN Revenues

Performing rights org SOCAN -- now billing itself as "the largest organization in the Canadian music industry" -- today announced another record year in 2016, with its music creator and publisher members generating approximately $330-million in total revenue – an impressive eight percent year-over-year increase.

According to preliminary financial results, SOCAN's nearly 150,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers continued to outperform at virtually every level in 2016.

Other highlights include:

  • Record distributions to members – exceeding $285-million for the first time ever.

  • Record domestic revenue of nearly $265-million – up approximately 8 percent,

  • Internet audio streaming revenues jumped to approximately $13-million, an impressive increase of more than 460 percent over 2015 revenue.

  • Foreign royalties of approximately $66-million – an increase of 30 percent from three years ago.

  • Substantial growth for "AV composers" – a jump of at least 47 percent to more than $20-million collected for streamed works in film and television.

"SOCAN's work to lead the global transformation of music rights continues, benefitting music creators and publishers even more in terms of royalties identified, collected, and distributed in Canada and worldwide," said CEO Eric Baptiste.

"Our efforts to improve our technology, partnerships and alliances, to be more accurate, more comprehensive, and faster are paying off for our members with new revenue and distribution records across-the-board in 2016."

Strategic acquisitions of Audiam and MediaNet last year have clearly helped bring benefits to SOCAN in terms of new services, better data-matching and advanced processing technology. Additionally, 2016 was a banner year for members on the world stage.

"We are extremely proud of our members' success at every level, and to witness music creators like The Weeknd, Drake, Alessia Cara, Johnny Reid, Alex Cuba, Arcade Fire, Shawn Mendes, Nineteen85, Simon Wilcox, Lesley Barber, the Strumbellas, Cœur de pirate, Kaytranada, Louis-Jean Cormier, Tanya Tagaq, Cristobal Tapia de Veer, Brett Kissel, Alex Nevsky, Keith Power and so many others rise to such lofty heights makes us appreciate even more the honour it is to represent them worldwide," Baptiste added.

"SOCAN is only able to do this with the world's best and brightest employees and partners who work every day for our members to receive what they have worked so hard to earn with their extraordinary talent and passion for music creation."

SOCAN has established itself as the world's most innovative music rights organization, broadening the company's scope with the acquisition and development of data, intellectual property and technological advances.

The PRO connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. For more information:

-- Estimates; final figures will be determined following the March 2017 meeting of the SOCAN Board of Directors.



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