NEW PROGRAM WILL PAY CANADIAN MUSICIANS FOR LIVE STREAM CONCERTS ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM

SOCAN's new Encore! initiative aims to compensate artists for their online performances

Ontario musician Danny Michel is one of many artists turning to live streams to perform for fans online. (Danny Michel/Facebook)

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) announced a new program today called Encore!, which aims to pay musicians for live online concerts on Facebook and Instagram.

As COVID-19 has forced musicians off the road, stripping many of their main source of income, numerous artists have taken to social platforms like Facebook and Instagram to perform for fans. But even though Facebook and a few other services (such as Twitch, YouNow and Periscope) offer an in-app donate or tipping buttons, the majority of these live streams don’t make any money.

This is where SOCAN wants to step in.

“Like so may Canadians, SOCAN member songwriters, composers, and music publishers are facing tough times, with the loss of revenue from touring and in-person concerts,” Jennifer Brown, interim CEO of SOCAN, said in a press release. “Many of our members have stepped up for fans, staging online concerts to bring the public together and keep their careers moving ahead, so it’s only fair that they get paid for their generous work, with our Encore! program.”

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