After confirming that more than 20 live music venues are licensed with SOCAN, BreakOut West has become the first major music festival in western Canada to receive the a special Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN. LICENSED TO PLAY is SOCAN's program that enables businesses using music to proudly show that they support fair music licensing and the careers of songwriters, composers and music publishers. Nearly 30,000 SOCAN-licensed businesses have so far become part of the initiative, and BreakOut West is only the second festival so far to receive the special collective designation.“The Licensed to Play designation is a badge of honour that shows BreakOut West is committed to being an ethical and legal part of the Canadian music ecosystem,” Licensed To Play initiative. Collectively, BreakOut West and its venues are doing what’s right for music creators and music publishers. “Licensed To Play” is a long-term program with a core objective of encouraging businesses and their customers to think of music as an instrumental aspect of their experience. Being Licensed To Play showcases the implicit partnership and mutual admiration that more than 125,000 licensed businesses have with SOCAN members.
“We are honoured to receive this special designation from our friends at SOCAN,” says Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “BreakOut West believes in and upholds the rights of music creators to be compensated fairly for their work. Our event helps to shine a light on the careers of Canadian artists by encouraging our showcase venues to play their part.”
One of the premier entertainment events in North America, celebrating the best in western Canadian music, BreakOut West is the second festival in Canada to receive the special Licensed To Play festival designation. Earlier this year, SOCAN partnered with Canadian Music Week (CMW) by awarding the major music conference with the very first festival Licensed To Play designation. This year, the event is showcasing over 70 acts at live venues across downtown Victoria. Almost all of the Canadian acts performing at this year’s BreakOut West include a SOCAN member. From Sept.17- 20, 2015, host city Victoria, BC, will be buzzing with local music-makers, and industry representatives from across Canada. While organizations that use music as part of their business are expected to abide by the law, monitoring every one of Canada’s music-using businesses is not feasible. SOCAN works with businesses to help them to stay up-to-date with their music licenses, which collectively are a major part of a songwriter, composer and music publisher’s livelihood through royalties, and a vital aspect of Canada’s music ecosystem.
“We encourage other festivals and conferences to follow our lead. It’s the right thing to do for Canada’s music ecosystem,” says Stewart.< Previous Post Next Post >