Welcome to the SOCAN blog: Music. People. Connected.

Published 04/20/2013

By Eric Baptiste




These three words pretty much sum up all parts of SOCAN. These words are our tagline, and we believe there’s no better description and name for our blog.

So, welcome to “Music.People.Connected.” – the online centre for dialogue, education and debate on virtually everything pertaining to music rights.

With Music.People.Connected. we plan to provide a platform for conversation on important issues in music rights, both Canadian and international. To begin, we’ve assembled a strong group of SOCAN leaders and experts who will regularly post thoughts and information designed to help, and interest, the hundreds of thousands who are directly impacted by music rights.

Music.People.Connected. will invite special guest bloggers who have important things to say, but might lack a focal point at which to say them.

We are a music collective that’s now collecting music opinion and perception, with core objectives to inform, inspire and, at times, entertain, and we need your help.

Here’s our proposition: We’ll provide the content; you provide the feedback and comments. If we do our part (and we will), Music.People.Connected. will keep you coming back to stay on top of the at times complex and ever-changing world of music rights.

I’m excited about our blog. It will, I hope, fill a long-open void in this country that too often allows those who conspire to break down or even eliminate music rights – your music rights. It’s time that the other side took a more active and vocal stand. That said, we welcome differing opinions, and, provided they’re within the boundaries of our policy for comments, will gladly add them to the discussion.

Thank you for joining us, and I look forward to many lively conversations about various important issues on Music.People.Connected.

About Eric Baptiste

Eric Baptiste is the CEO of SOCAN. In this capacity, he leads the close to 300 staff members coast-to-coast, who connect the 115,000 Canadian composers, songwriters and music publishers who are direct SOCAN members, and their more than three million colleagues worldwide, with more than 125,000 Canadian businesses that depend on music to enhance their activities. A native of France, before joining SOCAN in 2010, Eric led CISAC, the World Federation of Authors Societies for 12 years, had an eight-year stint in radio as COO of Radio France International and then CEO of a Paris commercial station. Eric has chaired music and radio trade associations in France, currently serves on various boards of organizations such as CISAC and the CPCC, and chairs the ISAN International Agency based in Geneva, as well as Radio Neo, a French non-commercial radio network dedicated to emerging artists. As a graduate of École Nationale d’Administration who started his early professional life at the Conseil d’État in Paris, he could have become a government official or even a lawyer, but this is a different story, in a parallel universe… Eric lives in Toronto and music (of course), good food, fine wines and science fiction are passions he’s ready to acknowledge.


  1. Andrew Berthoff

    Excellent work! Looking forward to some great, constructive dialog on various aspects of the industry.

  2. Mike Barrette

    Great to hear of the recent development ! Nice to be connected on yet another level : – /


  3. Gabriela Rodgers

    Good concept, looking forward to valuable information provided for musicians and upcoming artists.

  4. Vic Gailiunas

    This is a great thing & very re-tweetable! Well done.

  5. Julie Wilson

    It’s wonderful to see strong voices added to the music scene. I’m looking forward to returning daily.

  6. Beverly Kreller

    SOCAN has always been a fantastic source of information and connection for folks in the music industry. I’m thrilled about this new blog site as another avenue to add to, and to continue that great service in our community!

  7. Duncan

    Hey! Great idea this blog. Finally a reason to visit socan.ca for a reason other than to check what royalties I have coming. BTW, this month really bites. Only got enough to buy a 24 of beer. How about finding someone to discuss (or blog about) YouTube video royalties with the membership. Thanks!

  8. Brent Williams

    The idea sounds like a good one….


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