New program will pay Canadian musicians for live stream concerts on Facebook and Instagram

The Modern society of Composers, Authors and Audio Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) announced a new method today named Encore!, which aims to shell out musicians for stay on-line concerts on Facebook and Instagram. 

As COVID-19 has forced musicians off the street, stripping a lot of of their key resource of earnings, numerous artists have taken to social platforms like Facebook and Instagram to carry out for admirers. But even however Facebook and a couple of other expert services (this sort of as Twitch, YouNow and Periscope) offer an in-app donate or tipping buttons, the the greater part of these stay streams do not make any dollars.  

This is where SOCAN wishes to action in. 

“Like so may perhaps Canadians, SOCAN member songwriters, composers, and songs publishers are struggling with tough moments, with the reduction of profits from touring and in-person concerts,” Jennifer Brown, interim CEO of SOCAN, said in a press launch. “A lot of of our associates have stepped up for admirers, staging on-line concerts to convey the general public with each other and preserve their careers going forward, so it really is only reasonable that they get compensated for their generous work, with our Encore! method.” 

A complete of $200,000 will be out there each individual quarter for this method for the duration of Canada’s COVID-19 lockdown. In get to qualify for a payment, there are 4 critical needs artists ought to meet up with, according to SOCAN: 

  • “At minimum ten tunes/compositions ought to be done stay, or a stay effectiveness of at minimum 30 minutes ought to acquire put, on Facebook or Instagram, from March fifteen, 2020, to March 7, 2021 (inclusive).”
  • “At minimum one hundred individuals ought to have accessed the on-line occasion.”
  • “A established record of all songs done has to be despatched via SOCAN’s Notification of Stay Audio Efficiency (NLMP) variety at, with the ‘venue’ discovered as Facebook or Instagram.” 
  • “Claims ought to be created within ninety days of the Facebook/Instagram concert happening.” 

Each individual concert will be qualified for a $150 payment, with shares of royalties likely to all legal rights holders of the songs done. Musicians are allowed to apply more than as soon as pending each individual stay occasion they host meets all the needs higher than. 

SOCAN claims it really is in the approach of adding more platforms to this method.

They’re not the only kinds searching to compensate musicians for on-line performances suitable now. Dan Mangan and Laura Simpson’s Aspect Door platform has been correctly hosting ticketed on-line functions where musicians get a break up of the ticket profits. And in March, the Countrywide Arts Centre launched a $one hundred,000 aid fund for artists carrying out from residence. For each individual NAC effectiveness, artists earn a $1,000 grant.