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Cultural and Creative Industries Fuel Global Economy and Provide 29.5-million Jobs Worldwide

Toronto – With revenues of US$2.250-trillion, cultural and creative industries account for 3 percent of world GDP and employ 29.5-million people, or about 1 percent of the world’s active population.

Cultural and creative industries (CCI) revenues exceed those of telecom services and employ more people than the car industry of Europe, Japan and the US combined(29.5-million vs. 25-million). This major contribution of CCI to the global economy is explained in a new study, jointly presented by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France, and published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

The study concludes that, to unlock the full potential of CCI, creators must be fairly remunerated for the use of their creative works, so that they can continue contributing to culture and the economy. In particular in the digital market, policy makers need to address the transfer of value currently taking place in favour of Internet intermediaries, and ensure that creators and the creative industries are paid fairly for the exploitation of their works.

Creative works are a key driver of the digital economy

In 2013, creative content contributed US$200-billion to global digital sales, powering sales of digital devices and increasing demand for high-bandwidth telecom services. Sales of digital cultural goods generated US$65-billion and US$21.7-billion of advertising revenues for online media and free streaming websites.

The study

The study provides unique data, mapping out a colourful canvas of a multipolar creative world. It reflects the diversity that UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions stands for, and enhances UNESCO’s global effort for “more data and stronger indicators on the role of Culture for the development of societies.”

CISAC President and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre said:

“This unique and first global study of cultural and creative industries shows that creators around the world, in all artistic sectors, are a major contributor to the world economy, both in terms of revenues and jobs. They need to be able to work in an environment that protects their moral and economic rights, so that they can sustain their creative activity. We hope this study will be an eye opener for policy makers worldwide: protecting creators means fostering the economy. Our creative industries help build sustainable economies, provide local jobs, generate revenues and taxes and enable-millions of people, many of them young, to make a living from their talent.”

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said:

“Cultural and creative industries are major drivers of the economies of developed as well as developing countries. Indeed, they are among the most rapidly growing sectors worldwide. It influences income generation, job creation, and export earnings. It can forge a better future for many countries around the globe.”

Cultural and Creative Industries at a Glance

The comprehensive study by EY, “Cultural Times – the First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries,” analyzes 11 sectors* of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) across Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. In each region, CCI have their own strengths.

  • Asia-Pacific: 34 percent of global CCI Revenues. 40 percent of jobs with the largest consumer base and a fast rising middleclass. Leader in Gaming. Growing fast in Movies and Books.
  • Europe: 32 percent of global CCI Revenues. 25 percent of jobs cultural economy is rooted in history, underpinned by strong public support, a highly educated population and a strong concentration of creators.
  • North America: 28 percent of global CCI Revenues. 15 percent of jobs. Strong international influence and leader Movies, TV, and Performing Arts.
  • Latin America, 6 percent of global CCI Revenues. 16 percent of jobs TV is King. Latin American TV shows travel worldwide, as well as music and dance.
  • Africa and Middle East: 3 percent of global CCI Revenues. 8 percent of jobs. Opportunities in Film production. TV, and Music. Informal economy for example unofficial music performances is a significant part of the cultural scene, and a reservoir of jobs

Download the study here.

* Advertising, architecture, books, gaming, music, movie, newspapers and magazines, performing arts, radio, TV, visual arts.

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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.

About CISAC
CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organizations, or CMOs). With 230 member societies in 120 countries, CISAC represents four-million creators from all geographic areas and artistic repertoires; music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and the organization’s four vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, Indian poet, scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar and Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro. CISAC protects the rights and promotes the interests of creators worldwide. We enable collective management organizations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world.

Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional offices in Africa (Burkina Faso), Latin America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary). www.cisac.org | Twitter:@CISACNews | Facebook: CISACWorldwide.

Media Contacts
SOCAN: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca
CISAC: Joanna Kirk, +33 6 61 85 56 33, djokir@yahoo.com

Eric Baptiste Reappointed SOCAN CEO

Toronto – The Executive Governance Committee of SOCAN’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved a new five-year contract for CEO Eric Baptiste, extending his leadership position with the Canadian music industry’s largest organization until 2021.

Baptiste’s reappointment comes after consecutive years of record royalties collected for and distributed to the organization’s more than 130,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, with $300-million surpassed for the first time in SOCAN’s history in 2014. These record revenues, combined with record-low operating expenses of 9.5 percent in 2014, have placed SOCAN at the forefront of the world’s performing rights organizations.

“We are very pleased to reaffirm our confidence in the fine work being done by Eric on behalf of SOCAN and its members,” said SOCAN President Stan Meissner. “Given the current changing landscape, we are thrilled to continue to have Eric’s unique perspective and expertise and, on behalf of the board, I look forward to working together to continue to strengthen SOCAN’s position as a leading performing rights organization in the world.”

Since Baptiste earned the CEO position in 2010, SOCAN has seen its songwriter, composer and music publisher membership grow by more than 30 percent to over 130,000, and the number of businesses that are legally licensed to use music balloon from less than 42,000 to more than 125,000. Under Baptiste’s management SOCAN has worked to reinvent itself on virtually every level, with a substantial positive cultural change taking shape.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead SOCAN for at least another five years,” Baptiste said. “Any success we have enjoyed is collective, with every SOCAN team member doing his or her part in making us the best music rights organization in the world.”

In addition to his duties at SOCAN, Baptiste also currently holds key non-executive Canadian and international leadership positions, including chair of the board of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), chair of the international ISAN agency (ISAN-IA), and vice-chair of the boards of FastTrack, the Digital Copyright Network, and the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC).

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music ecosystem overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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 Contact
SOCAN, Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca

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Supreme Court’s Decision Re-affirms Music Creators’ Rights

Toronto – Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision confirming that broadcast-incidental copies of musical works require a separate license under the Copyright Act is welcomed by SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada.

“SOCAN is pleased with several key aspects of the decision released by the Supreme Court of Canada today in the case of CBC v. SODRAC, and we congratulate SODRAC for a job well done,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “The rights of music creators must be upheld as they strive to earn fair compensation for their work when it is copied to a new technology by a business. While it is disappointing that the court felt the need to remit the matter back to the Copyright Board for further consideration of the value of the music licenses in question, the Court clearly rejected CBC’s attempt to challenge firmly entrenched legal principles on the scope of copyright protection.”

The case, which was filed with the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014, concerned the decision of the Copyright Board of Canada for the collection of music royalties for the making of copies incidental to the use of new broadcast technologies. For example, as noted by the court, it is the practice of CBC to load the master copy of programs containing music into its digital content management system for internal use. When these copies are made to facilitate broadcasting, they are called “broadcast?incidental copies.”

In its decision the court also confirmed that it was appropriate for the Copyright Board to grant an interim license in the circumstances at hand.

SOCAN was especially pleased with the conclusion expressed by the Supreme Court that, “While balance between user and right?holder interests and technological neutrality are central to Canadian copyright law, they cannot change the express terms of the Act.” The Court also confirmed that the separation of synchronization and broadcast?incidental licenses does not offend technological neutrality: “Recognizing production and broadcasting as distinct activities validly subject to disaggregated licenses does not impose new layers of protections and fees based solely on technological change.”

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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 Contact:
Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca

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SOCAN Stands in Solidarity with the People of France

Toronto – On behalf of our more than 130,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers, SOCAN expresses heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris. SOCAN’s thoughts are with all who have been impacted by these horrific acts of barbarism.

SOCAN condemns all fanatical violence in Paris, Beirut, or wherever it occurs. France and Paris hold a special place in the hearts of all Canadians, and especially those within the Canadian music industry. Thousands of SOCAN members have family and close friends in Paris, many of our members reside in France and, of course, our members have hundreds of thousands of fans in the area.

Many of Canada’s songwriters and composers have performed at Le Bataclan, and many more have had their songs and compositions played by others at the venue. Many will eagerly return to demonstrate that music has the power to unify in times of happiness and sorrow, and that tyranny will be resisted and ultimately defeated.

“We are all Parisians,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN, and a French national. “SOCAN’s 280 employees and our more than 130,000 music creator and music publisher members stand in solidarity with the people of France.”

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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 Contact:
Andrew Berthoff, (416) 442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca

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26th SOCAN Montréal Awards Gala Celebrates Music Creators and Publishers

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Montréal – The 26th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala attracted a who’s who of more than 400 members of the Quebec music community to celebrate the careers, and past year’s success, of many of the greatest songwriters, composers and music publishers that it has to offer.

Hosted by singer-songwriter Dumas at the renowned Montreal venue Metropolis, the annual celebration of the accomplishments of Québec’s music creators and publishers was highlighted by live performances, with 48 awards distributed in 21 categories, including five special achievement prizes: the Cultural Impact Award, the Songwriter of the Year Award, the International Achievement Award, the Special Achievement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

SOCAN’s new Cultural Impact Award was presented for the first time ever at a Montreal event, and went to a legend of Francophone music, the highly respected poet and songwriter, both at home and abroad, Gilles Vigneault. The award celebrates the major cultural contribution of a song created by a SOCAN member, in this case the immortal “Gens du pays.” Receiving “The SOCAN” – the only major music industry trophy in the world that is itself also a musical instrument – Vigneault, whose career spans 60 years and nearly as many albums, shared a moving, emotional moment, and was clearly touched by the honour.

“SOCAN’s talented members regularly make an impact in people’s memory through their unforgettable musical creations,” said SOCAN’s CEO, Eric Baptiste. “In and of itself, that’s a remarkable accomplishment. But when such a creation has an impact on the historical memory of an entire culture, to a point where the whole population, across many generations, appropriates this song and makes it a traditional celebration song for each individual in that society, this clearly has had exceptional cultural impact.”

Recognizing the massive contribution that film and television composers make to the genre and economy, no fewer than seven SOCAN Awards were presented to the most successful writers in several categories. Christian Clermont alone took home two awards. The work of film and television composers was further highlighted at the event with two special video montages.

Now an undeniable stalwart of the Québec “New Pop” scene, Alex Nevsky was presented with the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award and, as was foreshadowed by the immense success of his excellent album Himalaya mon amour, with two additional Popular Song Awards (Francophone) for “Les coloriés” and“Notre amour,” perfomed by La Voix winner Valérie Carpentier.

Donald Tarlton, founder of the influential concert promoting and management company Donald K. Donald, and cofounder of the Tacca Musique imprint, an equally influential record label that launched the careers of several major artists in Québec, was presented with the SOCAN Special Achievement Award, saluting the prodigious amount of work he has accomplished since the 1960s.

The SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Pierre Létourneau, who was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. Létourneau, without a doubt, is one of the most important songwriters in Québec; a prolific artist who, from the early 1970s to the present, has written an impressive number of hits, both for himself and for an impressive number of artists, including Nicole Martin, Renée Claude, Lucille Dumont, Marc Gélinas, Chantal Renaud, Michel Pagliaro, Nanette Workman, Boule Noire, Mario Pelchat, Chloé Ste-Marie.

Among the most popular bands in the world, and icons of the Canadian music scene, the six audacious and avant-garde songwriting members of Arcade Fire – Win Butler, Will Butler, Re?gine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Timothy Kingsbury and Richard Parry – were presented with the SOCAN Award for International Achievement, theInternational Song award for their song “Reflektor,” as well as two Popular Song (Anglophone) awards for “Afterlife” and “Reflektor,” each celebrating their extraordinary international career, their major impact on the international music scene, and the immense popularity of the band’s latest album.

The SOCAN trophy was created in collaboration with SABIAN of New Brunswick and New York City’s Society Awards. To mark this year’s first-ever Cultural Impact award, the five SABIAN bronze crotales that comprise The SOCAN were tuned to play the first five notes of “Gens du pays.”

Five SOCAN Classic Awards were also presented to Kevin Parent, making him the most awarded songwriter of the 2015 gala; the SOCAN Classic Award presented toMichel Rivard for his song “Le Privé” was the 15th of his career; and the two SOCAN Classic Awards presented to Luc Plamondon were the 31st and 32nd of his storied career, making him the most awarded songwriter in the history of the SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala.

Among other winners were Milk & Bone, who snagged the Breakout Award; Eman & Vlooper, who won the Urban Music Award; Kaytranada, winning the first-everElectronic Music Award; Vincent Vallières, with two Popular Song Awards (Francophone) (“Loin” and “L’amour, c’est pas pour les peureux”); Patrick Gemayel and Oliver Goldstein of Chromeo, who earned a Popular Song Award (Anglophone) as well as the Online Streaming Award for “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”; Denis Gougeon, who earned the Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award;Christine Jensen, who was presented with the Hagood Hardy Award (Jazz); and theMontreal International Jazz Festival, which was presented with the SOCAN Licensed to Play Award for superior commitment to fair, legal and ethical licensing of the festival.

Many more creators and publishers were also celebrated during the 2015 SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala, including the creators of songs with at least 25,000 plays on the radio, the winners of the most popular songs of the year as well as the creators of music for film and television.

Throughout the evening, many artists offered standout performances, including Alexandre Désilets, who sang “Romano Musumarra” and Luc Plamondon’s megahit for Celine Dion, “Je danse dans ma tête”; La Bronze, paying homage to Daniel Lavoie with a suavely rhythmic interpretation of “La Villa de Ferdinando Marcos sur la mer”; the evening’s host, Dumas, who sang Michel Rivard’s hit song “Le privé”; Les Sœurs Boulay, who moved the entire audience with the rich vocal harmonies in their rendition of “L’Amour existe encore”; Marie-Mai, who vibrantly sang Kevin Parent’s “Seigneur”; Sass Jordan who, along with Dumas, sang a medley of songs that were emblematic of Donald Tarlton’s career; Lulu Hughes who, in true style, completely re-interpreted “Laisse-moi partir,” a song written by Pierre Létourneau for Nicole Martin; Shash’U who masterfully remixed Kaytranada, Milk & Bone and Eman & Vlooper; Antoine Corriveau, who sang his emotional “Le nouveau vocabulaire”; and Karl Tremblay and Gilles Vigneault’s daughter, Jessica, who ended the evening with a moving version of “Gens du pays.”

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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
La royale électrique (for SOCAN): Isabelle Ouimet, (514) 206-2093,isabelle@laroyaleleectrique.com

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Canadian Music Enjoying Significant Increase in International Airplay and Performances

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Toronto – Canada’s songwriters and composers continue to excel around the world, enjoying an overall increase of eight percent in international revenues over the previous year, according to data collected by SOCAN.

With international revenues from Canadian-created music exceeding $55-million in 2014, the performing rights organization confirmed that it was another record-breaking year for Canadian-made music performed outside of the country, topping the previous high set in 2013.

“The popularity of the work of Canada’s songwriters and composers continues to rise worldwide,” said SOCAN International Relations Vice President Catharine Saxberg. “Last year’s increase in international revenue is proof that our music creators resonate around the globe, and that SOCAN is doing even better at the complicated job of tracking international use of music, while expanding our capabilities by attracting top talent and building valuable partnerships with our music rights counterparts worldwide.”

The United States is by far the country where Canadian-created music is played most, capturing 36 percent of the international share. After the U.S., the countries generating the highest international earnings for SOCAN-member created music include:

  • France, second, generating $6.7-million in royalties for Canadian music creators, which can be attributed both to strong French-Canadian SOCAN-member appeal and that country’s strong cultural belief in the legal and ethical use of music.
  • The United Kingdom, which continues to be a hotbed for Canadian musicians. Collections totaling $5.4-million last year, followed by Brazil ($3.7-million) andGermany ($3.3-million).
  • The largest percentage increase on any foreign country is in Brazil, where royalties for SOCAN members are up 36 percent. Revenue generated fromAustralia continues to increase, with an annual growth rate of nearly 8 percent.

In addition, the number of SOCAN-member songwriters, composers, and music publishers receiving royalties from outside of Canada has more than doubled in the last decade.

“Canadian music creators should be thought of as an international trade success story,” Saxberg added. “As the success of Canada’s music creators on the world stage continues to grow, we will continue to foster international collective management relationships that benefit our members, the music industry, and the Canadian economy overall.”

Since Catharine Saxberg joined SOCAN in early 2014, the organization has formalized its international strategy, increasing efforts to identify and collect royalties from countries with which it has agreements, now numbering more than 100 music rights organizations. SOCAN also identifies and collects Canadian royalties on behalf of music creators and publishers who are members of performing rights organizations from around the world, forwarding those monies to the appropriate sister societies.

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About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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): McKenna Wild, 416-969-2774,mwild@environicspr.com
SOCAN: Amal Yassir, 416-442-3838 Ext. 3747, YassirA@socan.ca

Dear Rouge Wins $10,000 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Toronto – Vancouver-based “alt-­rock, electro-dance and all-­around rad music duo” Dear Rouge are the winners of the 10th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “I Heard I Had.” Band members Andrew McTaggart and Danielle McTaggart will receive a $10,000 cash prize, along with a Martin D-16GT acoustic guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S950 keyboard, a $500 Gift Card from Long & McQuade, 20 hours of studio time with Timothy Abraham, and six hours of vocal coaching with Amanda Mabro.

“Being honoured and recognized for songwriter craftsmanship is probably the greatest respect and appreciation a musician can receive,” said Danielle McTaggart. “We’re awestruck by every one of the nine other nominated songs, each of which could have been a worthy winner. Thanks to our fans for voting and to SOCAN for organizing this great contest, and for sticking up for the rights of songwriters like us.”

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize is an annual competition that identifies 10 outstanding songs written by Canadian emerging songwriters over the past year, as selected by a panel of esteemed music industry experts, and invites the public to vote for the winner. Other than nominees having to be members of SOCAN, the Canadian music rights organization has no role in determining nominees or winners.

For two weeks June 14 to July 1, 2015 Canadian music fans voted for their favourite song by one of the 10 nominees by visiting socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and including the artist’s name in the tweet.

More than 21,000 votes were cast for the respective English and French prize nominees over the two-week voting period, far exceeding any 14-day period in any of the previous nine years.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the award, the number of finalists for each of the English and French prizes was expanded permanently from five to 10, and the cash prize doubled to $10,000, making it the largest cash prize for songwriting in the Canadian music industry.

The 10 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalists were:

  • “Archie, Marry Me” – written by Alec O’Hanley and Molly Rankin; performed byAlvvays
  • “Old Knives” – written by James Anderson and Cold Specks; performed byCold Specks; published by Kobalt and Cold Specks Music Ltd.
  • “I Heard I Had” – written by Andrew McTaggart and Danielle McTaggart; performed by Dear Rouge; published by Dear Rouge.
  • “In My Solitude” – written by Laura Bates,Tyler Belluz, Aaron Brooks, Lisa Conway, Karen Ng, Chris Sandes and Ira Zingraff; performed by Del Bel.
  • “Hideaway” – written by Rami Afuni and Kiesza; performed by Kiesza; published by Universal Music Publishing Group, Afuni Music (BMI), Music Of Liberal Arts Publishing (BMI), Songs Of Universal (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd., Elephant Eye Publishing, and Stellar Songs Ltd.
  • “You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)” – written and performed byLisa Leblanc; published by Third Side Music Inc.
  • “The Bells” – written by Lowell, Justin Broad and Paul Herman; performed byLowell; published by BMG Rights, BMG Rights Management Ltd. (PRS), Peermusic, Submarine Music Ltd., Fintage, and Voxwatch Ltd. (PRS).
  • “It’s A Burn” – written and performed by Samantha Savage Smith.
  • “Young Gunner” – written by Joel Chambers, Nevon Sinclair and Renee Wisdom; performed by Shi Wisdom.
  • “Private Island” – written by Daniel Jacques and Allie Ho-Sang; performed by2nd Son featuring Allie.

“Congratulations to Dear Rouge for winning this year’s SOCAN Songwriting Prize, and to all the nominees,” said Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer at SOCAN. “Even though there can only be one winner, all the songs were fantastic, which I’m sure attracted new fans for the nominees. This prize is about identifying and celebrating great songwriting by some of Canada’s next and best music creators, and Dear Rouge’s ‘I Heard I Had’ is a great song. We wish Andrew and Danielle McTaggart continued success and hope that winning this prize is the beginning of many more accolades to come.”

The winner of the French SOCAN Songwriting Prize, the Prix de la chanson SOCAN, was Antoine Corriveau for his song “Le nouveau vocabulaire.”

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About SOCAN
SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-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 130,000 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:
SOCAN: Michael Critchley, 416.445.8700 ext. 3784, critchleym@socan.ca
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): McKenna Wild, 416.969.2774,mwild@environicspr.com; Lorna Freeman, lfreeman@environicspr.com, 416.969.2711
Red Umbrella PR (for Dear Rouge): Charlotte Thompson, 416.464.8220,Charlotte@RedUmbrellaPR.com; Shelby Burnell, 416-317-8023,Shelby@RedUmprellaPR.com

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Great Canadian Music Creators and Publishers Honoured at 26th SOCAN Awards

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Toronto – A who’s who of the Canadian music industry gathered last night in Toronto to honour Canada’s most talented “Born to Be” songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 26th SOCAN Awards.

Sponsored by Gowlings, KPMG, RBC and HMV, and hosted by CMT Canada’s Paul McGuire, the SOCAN Awards recognize the lifetime and more recent achievements of Canada’s music creators, honoured in a host of categories, including Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

Recipients of SOCAN’s major achievement awards this year were the legendaryRandy Bachman (Lifetime Achievement), Dallas Green (National Achievement),MAGIC! (International Achievement), music industry pioneer Bernie Finkelstein(Special Achievement), and “Born to be Wild” songwriter Mars Bonfire, who accepted SOCAN’s first-ever Cultural Impact Award. All accepted their honours in person, as did R&B chart-toppers The Weeknd and Belly, rising country stars Brett Kissel and Tim Hicks, and film and TV composers Keith Power and Andrew Lockington, among many others.

Performers included soulful young sensation Francesco Yates, who sang “Better to be Loved”; heavy metal rockers Anvil, who honoured Mars Bonfire with a thundering rendition of “Born to be Wild”; Kristian Alexandrov, Olena Kilchyk, Calvin Beale andDoan Pham, who played a medley of film and TV themes; “doom soul” singer-songwriter Cold Specks, who re-defined Warren Pash’s SOCAN Classic Award-winning song “Private Eyes”; and Randy Bachman, backed by Toronto rockers Big Sugar, who closed the show with a thrilling medley of “American Woman” and “Takin’ Care of Business” – accompanied by the audience of more than 600 guests playing cowbells.

“Canadian-made music is essential to Canada’s culture, pride and economy,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “SOCAN’s members are creating music that reaches millions of people at home, and touches hearts and minds worldwide. And our music publisher members are crucial to bringing those songs to the marketplace to expand the reach of great Canadian music around the country, the continent and the world.”

SOCAN will also recognize outstanding Francophone music creators and publishers at an awards gala in October 2015 at Métropolis in the heart of Montreal.

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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

Ten SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists Announced

Toronto – SOCAN today announced the finalists for its annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize, a competition that recognizes outstanding songs written by emerging English and French Canadian songwriters over the past year, as selected by a panel of esteemed music industry experts.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the award, permanent changes have been introduced: the number of finalists for each of the English and French prizes has been expanded from five to 10, and the cash prize has doubled to $10,000, making it the largest cash prize in the Canadian music industry for a single song.

The 10 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalists:

  • “Archie, Marry Me” – written by Alec O’Hanley and Molly Rankin; performed byAlvvays
  • “Old Knives” – written by James Anderson and Cold Specks; performed byCold Specks; published by Kobalt and Cold Specks Music Ltd.
  • “I Heard I Had” – written by Andrew McTaggart, Danielle McTaggart; performed by Dear Rouge; published by dear Rouge
  • “In My Solitude” – written by Laura Bates,Tyler Belluz, Aaron Brooks, Lisa Conway, Karen Ng, Chris Sandes, Ira Zingraff; performed by Del Bel
  • “Hideaway” – written by Rami Afuni and Kiesza; performed by Kiesza; published by Universal Music Publishing Group, Afuni Music (BMI), Music Of Liberal Arts Publishing (BMI), Songs Of Universal (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd., Elephant Eye Publishing, and Stellar Songs Ltd.
  • “You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)” – written and performed byLisa Leblanc; published by Third Side Music Inc.
  • “The Bells” – written by Lowell, Justin Broad and Paul Herman; performed byLowell; published by BMG Rights, BMG Rights Management Ltd. (PRS), Peermusic, Submarine Music Ltd., Fintage, and Voxwatch Ltd. (PRS)
  • “It’s A Burn” – written and performed by Samantha Savage Smith
  • “Young Gunner” – written by Joel Chambers, Nevon Sinclair and Renee Wisdom; performed by Shi Wisdom
  • “Private Island” – written by Daniel Jacques and Allie Ho-Sang; performed by2nd Son featuring Allie

From June 17 to July 1 2015, Canadian music fans can vote for their favourite song by either visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca or through Twitter, by using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the artist’s name in the tweet. Fans can vote once a day.

This year’s finalists were determined by an independent panel of 15 music-industry experts who were each asked to nominate two songs, from any genre, that they felt were the most artistic and creative songs written by emerging music creators over the past year. All of the songs were compiled, reviewed and shortlisted by these panelists to determine the 10 finalists. SOCAN has no role in the selection of nominees or winners.

Once public voting closes on July 1 and the votes are tabulated, the winner will be announced the week of July 6, 2015.

Along with $10,000 cash, the winning songwriter(s) will receive a Martin D-16GT acoustic guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S950 keyboard, a $500 Gift Card from Long & McQuade, a certificate for up to 20 hours of studio time with Timothy Abraham  and certificate for up to six hours of vocal coaching with Amanda Mabro.

“This competition is about celebrating the art of songwriting and recognizing the abundance of emerging talent in Canada”, said Mike McCarty, chief membership & business development officer at SOCAN. “We hope being nominated helps these up-and-coming songwriters expand their fan base while providing more opportunities for them to grow as creators. Given the calibre of their creations this year, we anticipate they will continue to wow us for years to come.”

The 10 finalists for the 2015 Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the Francophone counterpart to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize:

  • “De pluie et de cendre” – written and performed by Guillaume Beauregard; published by Les Éditions de La Tribu
  • “Kryuchkova” – written by Alexandre Bernier Leclerc; performed by Bernhari; published by Avenue Éditorial
  • “Le nouveau vocabulaire” – written and performed by Antoine Corriveau; published by Coyote Records
  • “Publi Sac” – written by Louis-Nicolas Imbeau and Emmanuel Blouin Lajoie; performed by Eman X Vlooper; published by Disques 7e Ciel
  • “Piscine” – written by Fanny Grosjean and Étienne Dupuis Cloutier; performed by Fanny Bloom; published by Les Éditions Dare to Care
  • “Mardi Gras” – written by Alexandre Bilodeau, Jacques Alphonse Doucet and Pierre Kwenders; performed by Pierre Kwenders
  • “Arlon” – written by Salomé Leclerc and Philippe Brault; performed by Salomé Leclerc; published by Avenue Éditorial
  • “Neguac and back” – written by Julie Aubé and Katrine Noel; performed by Les Hay Babies; published by Hay Babies Music, Éditions Ladilafe
  • “Ficelle” – written by Julien Sagot and Antoine Binette Mercier; performed byJulien Sagot; published by Simone Records
  • “Jolie Anne” – written by Benoit Pinette; performed by Tire le Coyote; published by Les Éditions de La Tribu

For all of the latest updates, follow the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on Twitter at@SOCANmusic and via the #SOCANprize hashtag, as well as on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SOCANmusic

About SOCAN

SOCAN is a member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-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 125,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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: Michael Critchley, 416.445.8700 ext. 3784, critchleym@socan.ca
Environics Communications (for SOCAN): McKenna Wild, 416.969.2774,mwild@environicspr.com; Lorna Freeman, lfreeman@environicspr.com, 416.969.2711

SOCAN Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Final Results

Toronto – SOCAN – The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – today announced complete financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The announcement of final official results followed the organization’s preview of financial figures on February 10, 2015, and coincided with SOCAN’s annual general meeting, held this year in Toronto.

Highlights:

  • A record year for total revenue – $299.5-million brought in for members, an increase of approximately 8.4 per cent over 2013.
  • Record international revenue of $55.5-million, an increase of 8.3 per cent over 2013.
  • Internet streaming revenues of $21.3-million – up from $3.4-million in 2013.
  • A record-low Corporate Net Expense Ratio of 9.5 percent – a 2.5-point improvement over 2014, making SOCAN one of the most cost-effective major music rights organizations in the world.
  • $241-million distributed to members.

SOCAN continues to improve efficiencies and services, benefitting from technology advances, a more streamlined organization, and strategic departmental adjustments.

“SOCAN is one of the Canadian music ecosystem’s greatest success stories,” said CEO Eric Baptiste. “We’re fighting for our members’ rights every minute of every day, and uncovering more places where their music is performed in public in Canada and worldwide, ensuring that every penny a music creator and music publisher has fairly earned ends up in his or her pocket. Our 2014 results are testament to our success working for our songwriter, composer and music publisher members.”

SOCAN also reported that on June 15, 2015, the total number of the organization’s members surpassed 130,000 – an increase of more than 5,000 since this time last year.

For full financial statements and a complete overview of 2014, please visitwww.socanannualreport.ca.

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 130,000 Canadian members, and the Canadian music industry overall. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 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 Contact: Andrew Berthoff, 416-442-3836, berthoffa@socan.ca