SIRIUS Canada Receives SOCAN Patron of Music Award

TORONTO, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - SIRIUS Canada Inc., the country's leading satellite radio company today announced it has been awarded a 2009 Patron of Music Award by SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers). The prestigious award was presented to SIRIUS Canada at the 20th Annual SOCAN Awards Gala at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto earlier this week.

The Patron of Music Award is given to member of Canada's music-user community who stands out as a leader in respecting the rights of music creators and copyright owners.

"We're extremely pleased to have been selected to receive a Patron of Music Award," said Sherry Kerr, Vice President and General Counsel, SIRIUS Canada Inc. "Since satellite radio was first introduced in Canada in late 2005, SIRIUS Canada has played the leading role in developing a royalty framework for the use of SOCAN's repertoire on satellite radio that benefits both music rights holders and our customers. Being recognized by SOCAN for our efforts is very rewarding."

"As a broadcaster, SIRIUS Canada understands the value of music in their business," said Jeff King, Vice President, Licensing, SOCAN. "The effort SIRIUS has made to work with SOCAN is first-rate and we were very pleased to be able to recognize them at this year's 20th annual awards gala. By paying royalties to ensure SOCAN's members are fairly compensated for the use of their music, SIRIUS demonstrates their commitment to the continued growth of Canada's music industry."


At SOCAN, we understand that the Canadian music industry is only as strong as the sum of its parts. We are proud to play a leading role, working with other organizations to ensure the long-term health of our members' livelihoods and the Canadian music industry as a whole. SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective for the communication and performance of musical works.

We administer these rights on behalf of our members (composers, lyricists, songwriters and their publishers) and those of affiliated international organizations by licensing this use of their music in Canada. The fees collected are distributed as royalties to our members and to affiliated organizations throughout the world. We also distribute royalties received from those organizations to our members for the use of their music worldwide. SOCAN has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Dartmouth.

About SIRIUS Canada

SIRIUS is Canada's number one choice for satellite radio with 120 full-time channels broadcast from studios in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and New York. SIRIUS offers 100% commercial-free music plus premium sports, news, talk and entertainment programming from North America's most recognizable and respected personalities and brands. SIRIUS offers listeners unparalleled coast-to-coast signal coverage and digital quality sound broadcast from four high-orbit satellites.

SIRIUS is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the CFL, NFL, NASCAR and NLL and broadcasts live play-by-play games of the CFL, NFL and NLL. SIRIUS is also the exclusive satellite radio home of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Radio. In addition, SIRIUS broadcasts live NASCAR races as well as Barclays English Premier League and UEFA Champions League soccer.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are available in more than 3,500 retail locations, including Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Centre Hi-Fi, Costco, Dumoulin, Future Shop, Home Hardware, London Drugs, Staples, The Source, Visions, Wal-Mart and 2001 Audio Video. All SIRIUS programming is available for a monthly subscription fee of only $14.99.

SIRIUS Canada's automotive partners include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Mitsubishi, Pana-Pacific, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). SIRIUS automotive partners make up nearly 60 per cent of light vehicle sales in Canada.


For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Jeff Roman, SIRIUS Canada, (w) (416) 513-7434, (m) (416) 346-5157,

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