Where applicable, Side Door collects SOCAN fees for each Side Door show, and submits the fees to SOCAN on behalf of Artists and Hosts involved with the show.
Side Door collects the standard SOCAN percentage (3% for in-person shows, 5.2% for online shows) from the show’s total gross revenue. This is reflected in the payout details of your show.
The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) is a Canadian performance rights organization that represents the performing rights of more than 135,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Live performance royalties must be collected in the case of a live performance in-person event that includes ticket sales with admission prices over $6 CAD.
SOCAN fees are only applied in the case of Side Door shows when a Canadian Artist and/or Host are involved in a show that involves ticket sales over $6, if the venue/space is not already registered and collecting SOCAN fees or has a blanket license covering royalties, or where in the case of online shows there are Canadian fans in attendance.
If you are a Host already registered with SOCAN, you don’t need to worry about reporting any Side Door shows! Side Door’s agreement with SOCAN covers all Side Door shows, including those with SOCAN-registered Venues/Spaces - that means you do not need to claim any shows with Side Door in your SOCAN reporting if you toggled to collect SOCAN fees in your Side Door show booking. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.