SOCAN Agreement

July 1, 2018
July 1, 2019

ERAC has renewed its agreement with the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). This agreement covers all non-educational uses of music in schools and means that schools will not be required to individually purchase annual "public performance of music" licences or acquire single-event licences for most individual events that are not covered under the Copyright Act "educational purposes" exemption.

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Additional Information

In the following documents, you'll find some background on the public performance licensing issue and the Copyright Act, why a SOCAN license is required, some common questions and answers including various music user scenarios as well as specific copyright information. Some, but not all, music performances require copyright permission.

You are encouraged to share these materials with others who are involved with the public performance of live or recorded music at your school.

To obtain further information about other uses of music in schools, ERAC refers you to Copyright Matters!, the Council of Ministers of Education - Canada booklet on Canadian copyright issues that affect schools.


This special pricing is available only to ERAC members. For ERAC prices, please talk with your ERAC Software Contact.

Where Can I Get More Information?

For further information about this agreement please contact ERAC at 604-713-5920 or by email at