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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.”

Brett Kissel
Member

Brett Kissel

Since earning the JUNO Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award in 2014, and a SOCAN Country Music Award in 2015 for “3 2 1,” Kissel has played on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; performed on the televised JUNO Awards show; saw “Airwaves,” become his first No. 1 song at country radio, while the music video topped of CMT’s Top 20 Countdown; earned three 2016 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) honours, including the Fan Choice Award; and opened three shows for Garth Brooks. Kissel has also co-written with such professional songwriters as Craig Wiseman (Kenny Chesney, Three Days Grace), Tim Nichols (Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw), and Jason Matthews (Luke Bryan).