Author: Gerry YoungThis idea is good, and one that should be explored further, along with any other ideas that give a fair percentage back to the creators. Simply put, the present streaming setup in North America doesn't pay the creators a fair share of the revenue for their artistic and financial contributions.
Author: Howard DruckmanI know what you mean, but who would be the most effective at actually obtaining fair compensation for SOCAN members? I'd argue that collection agents would be more qualified for the job, and do it more efficiently and effectively, than music lovers. Whether they care or not, they're good at the job.Read more comments
Author: Silvermane WesleyjohnVery interested to read that you have become CEO of a Canadian music rights corp, having come from France, and that you are so involved in the music scene there. I am in Southern Oregon, USA, having escaped the very meteorological conditions, terrain and snow-drenching you have gone to! Just kidding, Canada is still great. I am here more for love than anything. I still write and record since my kids have grown and gone, and am living the life of a starving musician. OK, semi-starving, since we live on and are sustained by our farm. Anyway, all the best to you at SOCAN. I have a very wonderful memory of one of SOCAN's seminars visiting my hometown of Ottawa many years ago, and learned a lot I apply to my music career even today.
God bless, and au revoir!
Central Point, Oregon, USA
Author: Randy ShookI caught on to the itunes, spotify, bandcamp and equivalent many years ago. When a person downloads a song for 99 cents, they now have the ability to fileshare your song privately. I only submit my music to programs with stable moral standards and practices. So I dont feel like I'm getting ripped off or exploited.Author: Eric BaptisteThanks Mark. I can only add my voice to Eddie's comment and SOCAN fully supports the Fair Trade Music initiative and is actively working on various aspects of it with CIAM and MCNA. We’re helping fund the survey Eddie mentions and we are providing data as well.
SOCAN’s mission is to make sure that our 120,000 Canadian members and the millions of foreign songwriters, composers and publishers we represent in Canada receive the just rewards from their talent and hard work. We are proud to license music created by professionals that have to be reasonably paid as professionals because the rights in their music has real value.
The Fair Trade Music initiative has great transformative potential here in Canada and around the world. For this reason SOCAN is also helping spread the word in our international trade association, CISAC, in which we play a leadership role.Read more comments
Author: Howard DruckmanMoney may be secondary, but how long can a songwriter continue to toil at their chosen profession if digital royalties become so pitifully small that they're unable to earn a living at it?Author: troyHi. I found this site via the link you printed in the recent Words & Music, Spring 2014. In your article there (pg. 5) you lead one to believe that the statement David Byrne made "Do you really think people are going to keep putting time and effort into this if no one is making any money?" is in some way connected with your idea that music creators will no longer create if remuneration is taken away. This is incorrect. If you reread the Salon article you would realize that David's statement was made in regards to the Spotify creators and the service they have made, and in no way is representative of the creator/songwriter.
Songwriters write because they are songwriters first ....money is (and should always be) secondary. It's a rather sad statement that someone on the SOCAN board of directors promotes, in essence, the idea that money comes before creativity.Read more comments