Founded in 1998 by Canadian music publisher Frank Davies, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is a partnership of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.), with the assistance of the Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) and Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM).

In December 2011, SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada acquired the assets of the CSHF. The Hall of Fame’s mandate aligns with SOCAN’s objectives as a songwriter and publisher membership-based organization. As a Canadian music industry leader, SOCAN’s involvement and support helps to ensure that the achievements and contributions of Canada’s music creators will be celebrated for years to come. The CSHF continues to be run as a separate organization.


SOCAN – SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than 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, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music 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.


Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) – Since 1949 the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) has ensured the views of music publishers working in Canada and its members are heard. It is our mission to promote the interests of music publishers and their songwriting partners through advocacy, communication, and education.

CMPA advocates for publishers on:

  • Copyright reforms for a digital world, including recognition of the responsibilities of new delivery systems
  • Canadian content policies for broadcasters and new music delivery systems
  • Public investment in songwriting and music publishing, similar to the investments made in the music recording industry and the film and television sectors
  • Protector of the private copying tariff

As the oldest music industry association in Canada, CMPA is committed to educating and acting as a mentor body for the next generation of music publishers and young songwriters. Our vision is to make Canada the best environment in the world for music publishers and their songwriting partners.

In 1975, CMPA founded The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) to handle music licensing in Canada. Through the initiatives of CMRRA, CMPA has essentially created the publishing infrastructure in Canada. Together, we have been able to increase the licensing rate from just 2 cents per song to 8.3 cents; while working to ensure that music publishing will be both a viable and sustainable industry for years to come.


Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) – The S.A.C. is a community of songwriters dedicated to supporting each other both creatively, and in the challenging business of music. In addition, the S.A.C. advocates for the interests of music creators to government, consumers and others in the music industry.


L’Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM) / Professional Music Publishers’ Association (PMPA) – The Professional Music Publishers’ Association (PMPA) brings together music publishing professionals in order to study, develop and defend their interests and promote national and international recognition of the trade. At this moment in history when the digital revolution has transformed the traditional patterns of consuming and marketing music, and where the phenomenon of globalization has provoked major legal and economic challenges, PMPA is actively working with all authorities concerned to validate the rights and interests of music publishers and, by extension, those of the authors and composers they represent.


Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ) – SPACQ, the Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec, is a long-established association fostering the moral, economic and professional interests of Francophone songwriters across Canada and representing all music composers in Quebec.

SPACQ has been promoting better working conditions for songwriters and composers for over 30 years and provides a variety of services to more than 800 professional music creators.