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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.”

Karim Ouellet
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Karim Ouellet

A great deal has happened since the release of SOCAN member Karim Ouellet’s first album, FOX and its subsequent win for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2015 JUNO Awards. Born in Dakar, and a proud resident of Québec, where he grew up, Ouellet offers a unique brand of pop tinged with soul, reggae, rock, and electronic music that he delivers with an almost nonchalant grace. The singer-songwriter quickly carved a niche for himself on Québec radio, and he’s amassed No. 1s and Popular Music SOCAN Awards at the Montréal Gala. With more than 200 shows under his belt already, all over the Francophone world, he’s become a master at expressing amorous feelings through silky-smooth pop songs.