SOCAN’s License to Play program ensures that businesses who play recorded music are fairly compensating creators for their work. Today, SOCAN announced that it has given the first Canadian municipality – Hamilton, ON – a Licensed To Play designation, after confirming that all of its city-owned recreational facilities and recreational services, are legally licensed by SOCAN to play recorded music.

“The City of Hamilton is making a clear statement that it stands up for music rights and the need for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers to be fairly compensated for their music,” said SOCAN Vice President of Licensing, Leslie Craig.

“As the first Canadian city to receive this designation, it’s a milestone for the Hamilton music community, and the more than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers represented by SOCAN.”

Read the SOCAN press release here