Toronto, October 5, 2017 – Muzooka, the platform that powers the live music industry, and SOCAN, the leading performing rights organization, are integrating their Live Performance reporting technologies to make it easier for music creators to get paid when their work is performed on stage.
The Muzooka Setlist Reporter is a simplified solution to the age-old challenge of reporting song setlists to receive more accurate payment of live performance royalties. Songwriters and composers earn royalties when music they own the rights to gets played in public. This new technology from Muzooka enables venues to report live shows, and performers to submit their setlist quickly and easily, integrating with SOCAN’s Notice of Live Music Performance (NLMP) application program interface (API) via the Muzooka platform.
Performances registered on Muzooka trigger a post-show reminder to the performer requesting a setlist submission. They quickly select the songs performed from their preregistered works, and the Muzooka data verification tools confirm location, date, and performer details, then submit via the NLMP API directly to SOCAN. That information is used by SOCAN to distribute live performance royalty payments accurately to the songwriters, composers, or music publishers that own the rights to the music.
“Before now, submitting and obtaining setlists was equally challenging for artists and performing rights organizations,” said Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership & Business Development Officer. “Rights-holders can’t get paid unless we know what was played, so the collective return on investment is significant, but the process has been an impediment. Muzooka is helping solve the problem, and we applaud all efforts to get more money into the hands of music creators.”
Muzooka gives artists, venues, and festivals a place to manage media assets on multiple platforms from one central dashboard. Users can manage photos, videos, and social media links, build Video Posters, and promote their shows. Data collected by these tools verifies where and when a live show is happening and which artists are on the bill. The Muzooka Setlist Reporter is a natural extension of their core business to further support songwriters.
SOCAN and Muzooka are working together to ensure songwriters and composers are paid when their music is performed. By streamlining the reporting process for live shows, these organizations are making the process simple, fast and, perhaps most importantly, accurate.
Muzooka is where artists and their teams update their media assets on any festival, venue, ticketing, or radio platform from one central dashboard. No more outdated photos, ancient videos, or broken social media links. Additionally, the Muzooka Artist Embed and Gig Posters are dynamic promotional tools that engage music fans and sell more tickets. This simple, but powerful system creates, collects and verifies data used to report live shows to performing rights organizations worldwide, ensuring artists get paid what they deserve when their music is played live. For more information: www.muzooka.com
SOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.ca