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EDM Rights Holders to Get Paid Faster With New Device Installed at Venues

Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN has partnered with Pioneer DJ's KUVO technology to offer a free device to EDM venues that identifies electronic dance music performances for real-time…

Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, has partnered with Pioneer DJ’s KUVO technology to offer a free device to EDM venues that identifies electronic dance music performances for real-time tracking.

Easily installed by plugging into a DJ’s mixing board, the device uses metadata extraction technology to collect and relay the information to SOCAN to tabulate and distribute royalties more accurately to the copyright owners of the track.

SOCAN is offering this KUVO device at no cost to nightclubs, festivals and other EDM venues, starting in Toronto, “as an additional aspect of their SOCAN music license agreement,” the press release states.

“DJs spin more music in one show than the vast majority of other live musical performances, but it’s nearly impossible for them to submit accurate set lists of music for shows that they perform,” said Kit Wheeler, vice-president of SOCAN’s distribution department, in a press statement.

“Pioneer-KUVO technology addresses this problem and enables SOCAN to capture even more musical performances in real time and more accurately. Our partnership with Pioneer and KUVO is a great step forward in getting our more than 150,000 members fairly paid for their work.”

Pioneer KUVO
Pioneer KUVO Courtesy of Environics Communications

CODA, a two-story venue in downtown Toronto is the first club in North America to adopt the technology.

“For years we’ve been dissatisfied with the system in place, knowing that not all licenses we pay are getting in to the hands of artists behind the music played in our venues and at our events,” said CODA owner Joel Smye, in a statement. “Now, through technology, the use of a simple device will ensure that the music licenses that we pay and have always paid will go to the right people.”

The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) — representing more than 150 members in 20 countries — is fully supporting the installation of these boxes, as part of its global campaign Get Played, Get Paid.

“Everyone wants to be paid fairly for their music, and I hope that clubs and festivals will be eager to use technology to help ensure that the right people get their fair share of the legal music licenses that they already pay,” said DJ/producer and SOCAN member Richie Hawtin, who recently collaborated with KUVO through his own music-recognition platform, RADR.DJ.


Headquartered in Japan, Pioneer DJ Europe Ltd. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation, a market leader in the design and production of DJ equipment and software.  “We’re delighted that SOCAN will use metadata from KUVO and we hope that other PROs in North America will see how accurate the service is and come aboard,” said Pioneer DJ’s general manager Mark Grotefeld in a statement.

“It’s a huge territory and currently there’s a lot of the money paid by the venues in license fees that isn’t finding its way to the artists who deserve it. KUVO can help solve that problem and reward those who produce the music played by DJs.”