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27th SOCAN Montréal Awards Gala Celebrates Music Creators and Publishers

MontréalThe 27th annual SOCAN Montréal Awards Gala (Gala de la SOCAN) returns to Montréal’s iconic music venue, Métropolis, on Sept. 12, 2016, to celebrate and shine a spotlight on Quebec’s songwriters, composers, and music publishers for their extraordinary contributions to music.

Among the artists and industry players honoured will be songwriter Stéphane Venne, the creator of the immortal “Le début d’un temps nouveau,” who’ll receive SOCAN’s prestigious EMPREINTE CULTURELLE Award, celebrating the major cultural contribution of a musical work created by a SOCAN member.

The awards gala will feature live performances for an audience comprising a who’s who of Québec music industry players and artists. Ariane Moffatt will be honoured with the SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR award, and the international success of two extraordinary young singer-songwriters, Cœur de Pirate and Grimes, each of whom will be honoured with an INTERNATIONAL AWARD. The SOCAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will go to Richard Séguin, a veteran of the Québec music scene whose career spans more than 40 years, while 11 SOCAN CLASSIC awards, each representing at least 25,000 radio performances, will be presented to the songwriters who made them possible. Among them are several titles by rocker Éric Lapointe and the late-lamented Dédé Fortin and Les Colocs. As well as those classics, the writers, composers and publishers of the 10 most played Francophone songs on the radio in 2015 will be honoured.

“SOCAN is intensely proud of our members’ creative vitality, from well-established music creators and publishers to emerging talent, to those rapidly ascending in their career,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Whether their success is domestic or international or both, we are confident that the current era of profound musical creative success will continue. SOCAN has taken numerous important steps ahead over the past year, and we will gladly celebrate ‘new beginnings’ during this gala that will once again fill our eyes, ears and hearts with joy.”

This annual gala, one of the Québec’s music industry’s most important events, is the celebration of all authors, composers and music publishers whose work is a source of emotion and weaves the very fabric of our cultural identity. Among the other special awards presented during the event – hosted by Stéphane Archambault and directed by Yann Perreau – the SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD will honour Alain Chartrand, the founder of the Coup de coeur francophone festival, the 30th edition of which will be held next November. An award in a new category will also be presented this year, namely the PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR award, and many more awards will salute the excellence of audio-visual composers, creators who play a vital role in our television and film landscape.

Archambault, founding member, composer and singer with Mes Aïeux and this year’s host of the SOCAN Gala, said, “It’s undoubtedly the coolest gala of the industry. It’s Christmas before Christmas for the music world. Even better: it’s one huge family gathering. And this year, I’m the host. What an honour! What a joy!”

Each of the special awards recipients will receive “The SOCAN” – the industry’s only major trophy that doubles as a musical instrument. This year, the trophy’s five SABIAN-made crotales mounted on the SOCAN trophy will be tuned to play the first five notes of Venne’s award-winning “Le début d’un temps nouveau.”

The Montréal Gala de la SOCAN celebrates SOCAN’s more than 25,000 Québec members and their success; more than 80 prizes in 21 categories will be awarded during the event. The complete list of award winners will be released during the evening of Sept. 12, 2016.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licences more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

Media Contacts
SOCAN: Éric Parazelli, (514) 844-8377, ext. 4934, parazellie@socan.ca
SIX MEDIAS: Audrée Loiselle, (514) 544-7013, audree@sixmedia.ca

SOCAN Foundation Reveals the 24 Young Composers and Young Audio Visual Award Winners

Toronto – The SOCAN Foundation today announced the 24 winners of the 2016 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers and Young Audio Visual Composers.

This year’s competition attracted 224 entries, awarding a total of $51,000 to the prize winners. The jury awarded the grand prize to Canadian, New York-based Taylor Brook for his inspiring piece “Song for Solo Cello.”

“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners for composing music that made enough of an impression on the juries to be chosen as a winner,” said Charlie Andrews, Manager of the SOCAN Foundation. “There are a tremendous amount of talented young Canadian composers and we’re thrilled to be able to help and recognize some of them, so they can continue to create the beautiful music that touches us all.”

The Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers recognize Canadian composers 30 years of age and under for specific musical works in five categories of concert music. The submissions were judged anonymously by a jury of three prominent composers: Dr. Robert Lemay (Sudbury, ON), Jocelyn Morlock (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Afarin Mansouri Tehrani (Toronto, ON).

“Overall the composers demonstrated a great deal of skill, wide-ranging imagination, and that there was a remarkable (and admirable) diversity of styles and influences in their music,” said Morlock.

The Young Audio Visual competition is designed to recognize Canadian composers who are 30 years of age and under, for original musical themes or scores created exclusively for audio-visual support (TV, film, Internet, etc.). The jury for this category was comprised of industry professionals Darren Fung (Los Angeles, California), Judith Gruber-Stitzer (Montreal, QC), and Stephanie Copland (Toronto, ON).

“The level of musicianship and professionalism displayed in this year’s AV composer candidates was impressive.  It gives me great hope that that craft of screen composing is alive and well,” said Fung.

Young Composer Award Recipients:

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards (for compositions for no fewer than 13 performers up to full symphony orchestra, which may include vocal participation and may be scored to include electroacoustics)

1st – Hoi Chak Roydon Tse (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Matthew Ricketts (New York, USA)
3rd – Joseph Glaser (Montréal, QC)

The Serge Garant Awards (for compositions for a minimum of three performers to a maximum of 12 performers, with or without voice and/or electroacoustics).

1st – Taylor Brook (New York, USA)
2nd – David Storen (North Vancouver, BC)
3rd – Carmen Vanderveken (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

The Pierre Mercure Awards (for solo or duet compositions, with or without voices and/or electroacoustics)

1st – Taylor Brook (New York, USA)
2nd – Gabriel Dufour-Laperriere (Montréal, QC)
3rd – Hoi Chak Roydon Tse (Toronto, ON)

The Hugh Le Caine Awards (for live or recorded electroacoustics, where the intended performance is, at least in part, through loudspeakers. Works in this category may be multi-media and may include acoustic instrument(s) or voice(s), live or recorded. The principal element in the work must be electroacoustic)

1st – Guillaume Campion (Montréal, QC)
2nd – Maxime Fillion, (Montréal, QC)
3rd – Matthew Horrigan (Vancouver, BC)

The Godfrey Ridout Awards (for works of any number of voices with or without instrumentation and/or electroacoustics)

1st – Katerina Gimon (Vancouver, BC)
2nd – Matthew Horrigan (Vancouver, BC)
3rd – Dylann Miller (Aurora, ON)

The John Weinzweig Grand Prize (for best overall work submitted; applicants do not apply for this award)

Taylor Brook (New York, USA).

Young Audio Visual Composer Award Recipients:

Best Original Score – Non-Fiction

1st – Antoine Binette Mercier (Montréal, QC)
2nd – William Kraushaar (Montréal QC)
3rd – Olivier Bibeau (Quebec, QC)

Best Original Score – Fiction

1st – Arie Verheul van de Ven (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Isaias Garcia (Toronto, ON)
3rd (tie) – Vincent L. Pratte (Los Angeles, USA)
3rd (tie) – Shaun Chasin (Toronto, ON)

Best Original Theme (opening or closing)

1st – Emily Klassen (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Spencer Creaghan (London, ON)
3rd – Vincent L. Pratte (Los Angeles, USA)

Best Original Score – Animated

1st – Lora Bidner (Toronto, ON)
2nd – Benjamin Goldman (Montréal, QC)
3rd – Toby Sherriff (Los Angeles, USA)

About SOCAN Foundation
Founded in 1992, SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society.

Media Contact: Charlie Andrews, (416) 445-8700, ext. 3855, foundation@socan.ca

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SOCAN Acquires Audiam on Heels of MediaNet Purchase

Toronto and New York – SOCAN, the member-based organization representing the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers with revenue of CAD$308-million in 2015, has confirmed that it has purchased 100% of New York-based Audiam. The acquisition empowers SOCAN to provide a unique global music industry solution with respect to licensing digital services and royalty payment for songwriters, composers and music publishers.

With Audiam, SOCAN now has a comprehensive database and metadata of all musical works and commercially released digital sound recordings, and the technology and business understanding to match and connect the two, issue licenses and get rights-holders paid all they have fairly earned.

The problem of licensing and payments recently came to a head again in the form of several class-action lawsuits by rights holders against music streaming companies.

With the Audiam acquisition SOCAN has expanded into collection of royalties for reproductions of music (“mechanicals”), licensing and royalty distribution in the U.S. and Canada. Audiam enables music creators and music publishers to be paid accurately, while removing liability, infringement and data issues for streaming music services and YouTube. Audiam provides one-stop licensing and collecting in North America.

“In 2013 Audiam shook up the music royalties system by identifying and correcting serious gaps in the digital music rights value chain, particularly with music used in YouTube videos, by correctly matching data to the rights-holder,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “By acquiring Audiam, SOCAN steps even further ahead with our vision to lead the global transformation of music rights with substantial new tools for our more than 135,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers, dramatically expanding our ability to ensure that creators are properly and fairly compensated.”

“SOCAN is not only the most technologically advanced, efficient and transparent music rights organization on the planet, but its board of directors and executive team are singularly focused on assuring all the works of composers and publishers are licensed and that rights-holders are paid for the use of their music,” said Jeff Price, founder and CEO of Audiam. “Adding SOCAN’s resources and knowledge to Audiam allows us to finally fix the global industry problems, remove liability for services and get rights-holders paid.”

Audiam was founded in 2013 by TuneCore founder and former CEO Jeff Price. Audiam’s innovative technology and business processes identify the use of music and correct data on digital services such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Google Play and others, and get rights-holders paid, greatly expanding and enhancing the capabilities of SOCAN.

The acquisition was made final in June, and Audiam will remain a separate organization under its current name for the foreseeable future. Jeff Price will remain Audiam’s CEO and will work closely with SOCAN group CEO Eric Baptiste and his team.

Audiam brings to SOCAN one of the world’s most complete databases of sound recording and underlying song/composition metadata as well as sophisticated audit and auto-match technology to proactively find works that are not licensed and royalties that have not been paid.

As the largest organization in the Canadian music ecosystem, SOCAN is one of the leading and most transparent music rights organizations in the world. As part of SOCAN’s vision is to lead the global transformation of music rights, the company is investing in new services for its members that are essential in today’s globalized digital environment.

SOCAN will instantly leverage Audiam’s identification technology and services to more accurately pay members’ performing rights royalties on YouTube and other digital platforms, expanding service offerings to songwriters, composers, and music publishing members.

SOCAN plans to integrate Audiam’s other strong business lines such as North American licensing and administration of mechanical income from digital services, including Spotify, Google Play and Apple, as well as leverage Audiam’s proven track record to identify and recover pre-existing mechanical royalties that typically have remained unpaid.

Audiam’s services will be available immediately to all SOCAN members. Existing Audiam clients will see their services enhanced by the leveraging of SOCAN’s own technologies.

For a full list of services offered go here.

The acquisition was completed in July 2016, the terms of which are undisclosed.

On May 12, 2016, SOCAN announced its purchase of Seattle-based MediaNet, a pioneer business-to-business music technology provider offering 360-degree music rights administration to SOCAN members. The combination of SOCAN’s existing capabilities and services with Audiam and MediaNet further extends the company’s leadership position among the world’s music rights organizations.

About Audiam
Audiam currently represents the publishing catalogs of thousands of songwriters and composers, including Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Jack White, Jason Mraz, Steve Miller, Hyvetown, Round Hill Music, Imagem, Pretty Lights, Ruthless, Jimmy Buffett, Victory, Epitaph and Sumerian. To date the company has recovered millions of dollars in royalties earned through YouTube, Spotify Apple Music and other streaming services. Through its unique technology, Audiam locates metadata for every sound recording of a specific composition, determines licensing status and recovers past revenue and assures future payments for the songwriters, composers and music publishers who have fairly and rightfully earned royalties. Audiam is wholly owned by SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

Media contacts:
Environics Communications (for SOCAN):
Melody Gaukel, (416) 969-2704,mgaukel@environicspr.com
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca
Chart Room Media (for Audiam): Brendan Gilmartin, Brendan@chartroommedia.com

Fast Romantics’ “Julia” Wins SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Toronto – Toronto-based indie rock band Fast Romantics have been voted the winner of the 11th annual English SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “Julia,” written by founding band member Matthew Angus.

From June 9 to 23, 2016, Canadian music fans voted for their favourite from the 10 songs nominated by a panel of music industry experts. Other than nominees having to be members of SOCAN, the Canadian music rights organization had no role in determining nominees or winners.

After the votes were tallied, “Julia” was the English song that came out on top. A record of nearly 30,000 votes were cast in this year’s English and French competitions, shattering 2015’s record total by almost 33%.

“I’m surprised and thrilled to hear we’ve won this prize, and beyond honoured to have been included alongside so many spectacular Canadian songwriters,” said Matthew Angus. “Really, everybody on the list deserved this prize. Big thanks to our fans for voting, to the folks on the panel for selecting us, and to SOCAN for continuing to do stuff like this to help inspire, promote, and protect Canadian music creators. We love ya something fierce!”

“The SOCAN Songwriting Prize celebrates the art and work of music creation,” said Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership & Business Development Officer. “‘Julia’ is a winner deserving of the prize, and congratulations to Matt Angus for creating a fantastic, creative song that caught the ear of our judging panel, and music fans around the world.”

For winning the competition, Fast Romantics receive $10,000 from SOCAN, a choice between a Seagull Artist Studio CW guitar or Godin 5th Avenue Jazz guitar from Godin Guitars, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard from Yamaha Canada, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize identifies 10 outstanding songs each in English and French created over the past year by emerging songwriters, as selected by a panel of 15 esteemed music industry experts. The general public is then invited to vote up to one time daily for their favourite in English or French to decide the winners in each language.

The winner of the French-language equivalent prize, the Prix de la chanson SOCAN, was Laurence Nerbonne, for her song “Rêves d’été.”

The other nine songs nominated in the English category were:

  • “Black Body” – written by Benjamin Addy, Renee Wisdom; performed by Spek Won, featuring Shi Wisdom.
  • “Dead or Alive” – written by Jahmarie Adams, Michael Lantz; performed byJazz Cartier.
  • “Desire” – written by Kathleen Monks, Benjamin Reinhartz, James Rowlinson, Elizabeth Ball; performed by Dilly Dally.
  • “How Could You Babe” – written by Tobias Jesso Jr.; performed by Tobias Jesso Jr.; published by Universal Music Publishing.
  • “No Hurry” – written by Terra Lightfoot; performed by Terra Lightfoot; published by CCS Rights Management Corp.
  • “Paradise” – written by Ashton Simmonds, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, Alexander Sowinski, Matthew Tavares, Leland Whitty, Chester Hansen, Keaven Yazdani; performed by Daniel Ceasar, featuring BADBADNOTGOOD, Sean Leon; published by Reclusive Music Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada, Robinson Heart Publishing, Third Side Music
  • “Pen to Paper” – written by Sean Graham, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter; performed by Modern Space; published by Sony/ATV.
  • “Spirits” – written by Simon Ward, Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl G.J. James, Brian Leigh Pickett, David Ritter, Joanne Setterington, Isabel Cunningham Ritchie; performed by The Strumbellas; published by Domino Double Nine.
  • “Wendell Walker” – written by Andy Shauf; performed by Andy Shauf; published by Peer International Ltd. (Canada), Music of the Mothership.

Previous winners of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize: Dear Rouge for “I Heard I Had” (2015), Alejandra Ribera for “I Want” (2014), Mo Kenney for “Sucker” (2013), Kathleen Edwards for “A Soft Place to Land” (2012), Katie Moore for “Wake Up Like This” (2011), Brasstronaut for “Hearts Trompet” (2010), D-Sisive for “Nobody With a Notepad” (2009), The Weakerthans for “Night Windows” (2008), Abdominal for “Pedal Pusher” (2007), Propagandhi for “A Speculative Fiction” (2006).

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

Toronto

SOCAN Awards Celebrate Great Canadian Songwriters, Composers, Film Scorers, Music Publishers

Toronto – The Sheraton Centre in Toronto was abuzz last night as the Canadian music industry gathered to pay tribute to Canada’s best songwriters, composers, film and TV music scorers, lyricists and music publishers at the 2016 SOCAN Awards.

Emceed this year by bestselling author Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics, and sponsored by Gowling WLG, KPMG, HMV, Long & McQuade, Music Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and RBC, the SOCAN Awards honour the accomplishments of the people who create Canadian music, recognizing them in a diverse cross-section of categories: Pop/Rock, Film & Television, Urban, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

SOCAN’s presented major achievement awards this year to Hockey Night in Canadatheme composer Dolores Claman (Cultural Impact Award); Canadian music industry driving force Gary Slaight (Special Achievement Award); global phenomenon The Weeknd (International Achievement Award) and his frequent co-writer Ahmad “Belly” Balshe (Songwriters of the Year); chart-topping teen Alessia Cara (Breakout Award); and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid (National Achievement Award).

The evening included memorable live performances from hit songwriter Shawn Hook, who sang his smash single “Sound of Your Heart”; celebrated singer-songwriter Matt Barber, who played a poignant version of Edward Bear’s “Last Song”; young sensations Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit TV show Nashville; Crash Test Dummies frontman and creative force Brad Roberts, who performed a medley of “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” and “Afternoons & Coffeespoons,” his two SOCAN Classics Award-winning songs of the evening; young, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jordan Hart; and Johnny Reid, who sang a passionate version of his song, “What Love Is All About.” Throughout the evening, attendees were greatly entertained by a live orchestra that highlighted the outstanding work of our film and television composers.

Attending to receive their awards were Trevor Guthrie, who won the Dance Music Award for his song, “Summertime”; Jason Blaine and Deric Ruttan, who co-wrote Blaine’s hit song “Country Side,” which earned a SOCAN Country Music Award; Pop/Rock Music Award winners Francesco Yates, Jocelyn Alice, and Scott Helman, who won for “Better to be Loved,” “Jackpot,” and “Bungalow,” respectively; Oscar-winning film composer Mychael Danna and San Andreas soundtrack composerAndrew Lockington, who both won for Achievements in Feature Film Music; Keith Power, who earned an International TV Series Music award for Hawaii Five-O; Ebony “WondaGurl” Oshunrinde and Bryan “Eestbound” Van Mierlo, who co-wrote the huge Travi$ Scott hit “Antidote,” which won an Urban Music Award, as did Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” co-written by Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies; and Simon Wilcox, who won two Pop/Rock Awards, for co-writing both the Nick Jonas global hit “Jealous” and the aforementioned Scott Helman Canadian hit, “Bungalow.”

“The people who write, compose and publish Canadian music are providing an essential service for our national culture, pride and economy,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “Canadian songwriters and composers are making fantastic music that has made a massive impact, both domestically and throughout the world. Similarly, our music publisher members play a crucial role in expanding the market reach of that great Canadian music. We’re pleased and proud to congratulate all of tonight’s SOCAN Award recipients for their tremendous accomplishments.”

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in September 2016 at Métropolis, in the heart of Montreal.

View the complete list of winners.

About SOCAN

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 135,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 130,000 businesses in Canada, and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.

Media Contacts
Touchwood Public Relations (for SOCAN)
: Jennifer Rashwan, (416) 593-0777 ext. 205, jennifer@touchwoodpr.com
SOCAN: Michael Critchley, (416) 445-8700, ext. 3784, critchleym@socan.ca