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Artists & Repertoire (A&R)

The A&R function has usually been associated with record labels, but with our large base of more than 150,000 members – including music publishers, who are especially adept at fostering collaboration – SOCAN realized that creating an A&R strategy would result in greater value for them. We help our incredibly talented and business-savvy members benefit from expanded opportunities. Intended to be completely complementary to the role of our music publishers, the A&R approach strives to optimize the industry contacts within a strong team, ensuring that SOCAN effectively recruits and retains the members necessary to build its regional, national, and global repertoire of songs and compositions. The A&R approach is aimed at helping our members engage with the marketplace, and collaborate within it, to a greater degree. Our A & R team use their industry contacts, and their talent-assessment, career-development, and people-connecting skills to assist all SOCAN members – not only songwriters, but screen composers and music publishers as well. SOCAN’s A&R strategy is our strongest effort yet to live up to our brand: “Music. People. Connected.”

Boi-1da
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Boi-1da

Boi-1da (a.k.a. Matthew Samuels) is a rap producer who started by winning three consecutive awards in Battle of the Beatmakers, then – along with Noah “40” Shebib – became a key member of Drake’s production team. In addition to his extensive work for Drake, Boi-1da has co-written and/or produced songs for Eminem, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and Chris Brown, among others. He’s earned eight Grammy nominations, and a 2015 SOCAN Pop/Rock Award for his work co-writing Down With Webster's “Chills.” The Jamaican-born, Toronto-based SOCAN member also helped bring a Caribbean influence to Drake on his 2016 Views album.