SOCAN Board Elects New President and Chair

TORONTO, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) today announced that Stan Meissner was elected as its new president and chair on June 20, 2012. Stan succeeds Earl Rosen, who held the position since 2009.

Stan is no stranger to SOCAN. As treasurer of SOCAN (2003-2009), president of the SOCAN Foundation (2006-2012), president of the Songwriters Association of Canada (2000-2006), a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2000-2006), and an internationally accomplished songwriter, Stan has been very active in the songwriting community, working tirelessly to advocate and further a more positive environment for creators in Canada and around the world.

"I look forward to working with Stan to continue and expand SOCAN's reach and further our reputation as providing top-notch service to our members and licensees," says Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. "Stan brings a wealth of knowledge about creators and the music industry, and will be a definite asset as we make exciting strategic decisions ahead."

The SOCAN board of directors also elected members and chairs of its statutory committees. Details are available on the SOCAN website at

SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-basedorganization that represents the Canadian performing rights of over three million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 110,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN collects licence fees from over 48,000 businesses from coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members andmusic rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.


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Michael Critchley
Marketing and Communications, SOCAN


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