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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.”

July Talk
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July Talk

The push and pull between July Talk’s gravel-voiced Peter Dreimanis and his fellow front-person Leah Fay fuels July Talk’s unique indie rock. In both 2015 and 2017, the band won JUNO Awards for Alternative Album of the Year, and both recordings went gold in Canada. With incendiary live shows, this band of SOCAN members has won devoted fans touring worldwide, playing top festivals like WayHome and Osheaga. Their 2016 album Touch was released in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, while “Push + Pull,” the album’s first single, held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian Alternative Radio charts for more than 12 weeks.