Canadian Musician - March / April 2018 - Page 12

CHANGES SOCAN Reports Record Revenues in 2017, Raises Concerns About Streaming Rates DMC World Celebrates 35 th Anniversary SOCAN has reported record revenues accumulated and distributed in 2017 for its songwriter, composer, and music publisher members. The organization adds, though, that the vast majority of members who received payment for their streamed music in 2017 earned an average of only $38.72 despite a growth of 46 per cent in internet-based revenues over 2016. “If original music is to thrive or even survive in Canada, overall remu- neration for digital music must be corrected to be commensurate with the contributions of music creators and publishers as well as its importance to music fans from coast to coast to coast,” says SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. SOCAN reports that total performing rights revenues in 2017 were more than $350 million, a 6.4 per cent increase over 2016, and total distribution of royalties to SOCAN members was more than $300 million for the first time in its history. Domestic revenue was $274 million, an increase of 4.5 per cent over last year’s record, and a 35 per cent increase since 2012. There was a 46 per cent increase in internet audio streaming revenues compared with 2016, with $49.3 million realized. Royalties from non-Canadian sources were more than $75 million, which makes it now the number one revenue stream for SOCAN members and marks a 60 per cent increase since 2012. Final figures will be determined following the March 2018 meeting of SOCAN’s board of directors. For more information, contact SOCAN: 416-445-8700, JOHN MANN Canadian Stars Record Charity Single to Help Spirit of the West’s John Mann A wide array of prominent Canadian artists have come together to cover Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest” to support front- man John Mann and his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Among those heard on the charity single are Alan Doyle, Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLachlan, Ed Robertson, Colin James, and Barney Bentall. Performing and recording as part of a benefit in Mann’s honour at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom in November 2017, the resulting video and song sit at the helm of a GoFund- Me campaign to assist the 55-year-old singer in his extensive care. All the proceeds from the sales and streaming of the new release will go to the John Mann Trust Fund. To donate or share to support the care of John Mann, go to This year marks the 35 th anniversary of the DMC World organization and the eighth year since the reboot of DMC Canada. DMC’s Canadian branch is in the process of scheduling its 2018 Canadian DMC Battleground, which will see Canadian DJs compete to represent Canada at the DMC World Championships. DMC was founded in the U.K. in 1983 by Tony Prince as the first legal, members-only remix pool that serviced DJs worldwide with cassettes and vinyl featuring the latest sounds from across the globe. In 1986, the DMC World DJ Competition was established as an DJ VEKKED annual global event that continues to provide a high-profile stage for DJs to test their skills against their peers. Some of the world’s most notable DJs have competed in the DMC World DJ Cham- pionships, including A-Trak, Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), Carl Cox, and Roger Sanchez. After a few years of dormancy in Canada, Hamilton, ON’s Amir Prince took on the responsibility of rebooting the Canadian Branch of the DMC. Since then, Canada has produced a multi-title DMC World Champion in DJ Vekked of Waterloo, ON, who joined the esteemed ranks of A-Trak and DJ Dopey as Canadians holding a world title. Most recently, Montreal’s DJ Brace returned to the competition to capture a DMC World Online title in 2016. DMC Canada plans to hold a variety of educational events this year featuring special guest instructors and speakers. These seminars will focus on a variety of topics including turntablism, mixing, beat production, and the business side of the profession. For more information, contact DMC Canada:, 12 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N