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Shreez Surprised with 2021 SOCAN Gala Award at Special Presentation During FME Festival

Montreal, 7 September 2021 – Nearly 100 SOCAN Awards in 23 categories will be presented to Québec’s most successful songwriters, composers and music publishers for their tremendous accomplishments in 2020, as part of the celebration of winners at the 32nd SOCAN Gala being held online October 5, 2021.

To kick off the awards, SOCAN travelled to the Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi Témiscamingue (FME) to present a surprise first trophy to Shreez in the Hip-Hop/Rap Music category, during his show in front of an enthusiastic crowd. “It is the greatest pleasure to be the recipient of this SOCAN award. I and my team are proud and grateful to see that all of the work we have done in this campaign is paying off,” said Shreez.

For SOCAN’s Chief Membership Officer, Jean-Christian Céré, the presentation of the SOCAN Award to Shreez at FME was the perfect first presentation: “Shreez had an outstanding year in 2020, even through the pandemic, and the FME is a proud SOCAN licensed business, always understanding the importance of fair compensation for and promotion of music creators and publishers. This surprise award ceremony launches our annual celebration honouring the incredible talent and creativity of Québec’s songwriters, composers and music publishers who have managed to amaze us despite the hurdles they faced. October 5th will be a day to shine a thousand lights on them.”

The SOCAN Gala for Francophone music creators and publishers is being held online for the second year beginning on October 5th when a host of award winners, video interviews, thank-you videos, trophy unboxing and a musical performance will be presented throughout the week via a dedicated SOCAN 2021 Gala website and on SOCAN’s social networks @socanmusique.

Montréal’s SOCAN Awards Gala is the Francophone equivalent of the annual SOCAN Awards show in Toronto which celebrates the Anglophone songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

MEDIA CONTACTS

SOCAN: Eric Parazelli, 514-452-6702, eric.parazelli@socan.com
Roy & Turner Communications (for SOCAN):
Marie-France Côté, 514-844-9678 poste 206, mfcote@roy-turner.com

 

 

SESAC Acquires Audiam from SOCAN

Toronto, August 20, 2021 – SOCAN today confirmed that music rights organization SESAC of Nashville has purchased Audiam, the music publishing digital rights reproduction collection agency, from SOCAN.

The acquisition empowers SESAC to leverage Audiam’s claiming, income tracking and reporting technology and services, expanding its global service offerings to songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Audiam will remain under the leadership of Jamie Purpora who has more than 20 years of experience in music publishing administration and has successfully led the Audiam team since 2015.

Jennifer Brown, SOCAN CEO, said, “SOCAN is delighted to complete this agreement with SESAC. Since our acquisition of Audiam in 2016, the organization has exceeded expectations, but the time is right for Audiam to continue its next phase with a new parent organization. We look forward to seeing this new chapter for Audiam as the organization benefits from new synergy with SESAC.”

SESAC Chairman and CEO John Josephson said, “SESAC is acquiring Audiam with the intention of supporting the existing management team, and to act as a supportive strategic partner and capital provider. We anticipate a seamless transition in ownership with no disruption to the Audiam business activities as a result of this transaction. Going forward, we believe this will position SESAC well for enhanced growth of our multi-rights, multi-territory global rights management business and continued delivery of best-in-class service to our affiliates, licensees and commercial partners.”

As part of the agreement, financial terms were not disclosed. SOCAN will retain a minority share in Audiam.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

About SESAC
SESAC is a leader and innovator in global music licensing that administers public performance, mechanical, and other rights through its data, technology and services portfolio. SESAC Performing Rights, The Harry Fox Agency, Rumblefish, and Mint Digital Services drive efficiency in licensing for music users and enhance value for writers, publishers, and composers by providing timely and efficient copyright administration, royalty collection and distribution. SESAC has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Munich.

About Audiam
Audiam licenses, monitors, audits, researches, collects and distributes digital mechanical, YouTube, and other digital-use royalties for music publishers. Through its unique technology, Audiam recovers past revenue and assures future payments for the songwriters and music publishers’ royalties. Founded in 2014, Audiam is based in New York City.

Media contacts
SOCAN:
Andrew Berthoff, andrew.berthoff@socan.com
SESAC: Dawn Bridges, (917) 679-7390, dawnbridges@me.com

Billy Raffoul soars with “Western Skies” 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner

Toronto, July 28, 2021 – Music fans have spoken! “Western Skies,” written and performed by Billy Raffoul of Leamington, Ontario, is the winner of the 16th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

Music fans from across Canada voted from June 17th to July 1st for the 10 exceptional finalist songs written by emerging songwriters. The nominees were selected by a panel of 15 music industry experts for each of the prizes.

An emotional call to action, “Western Skies” delivers a timely message about the importance of fighting for common good in difficult times.

In addition to the prestige of winning, Billy Raffoul receives $5,000, a Yamaha Keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

“Songwriting has been a part of my life since the very beginning, and I am so fortunate to have grown up in a family full of artistic expression,” Raffoul said. “‘Western Skies’ is a song about the imminent threat of climate change and our responsibility to future generations. To be recognized for a song that means so much to me is an incredible honour. Thank you to SOCAN, thank you to the nominating panel, and thank you to everyone who voted for ‘Western Skies’ amongst an exceptional group of songs.”

As music creators continue to be particularly hard hit by the effects of the pandemic, for a second straight year SOCAN presented cash prizes of $500 to the writers of each of the remaining nine nominated songs, providing timely relief for several of Canada’s most talented emerging songwriters.

“‘Western Skies’ is such an important song as we all come to terms with our past, our present, and our collective desire to create a better future for generations to come,” said Jennifer Brown, CEO of SOCAN. “The invaluable power of music to tell stories, to teach, to evoke heartfelt emotion is never more evident than in the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner.”

Karen Bliss, eminent music and arts journalist and a SOCAN Songwriting Prize panelist, said this about the song: “I chose Billy Raffoul’s ‘Western Skies’ because it’s a powerful message delivered in an understated logical manner. While I can’t guess at what inspired Billy, my interpretation – and of course I could be way off – is that we are passing on the world to the next generation, so no matter on what side your politics lies, think about the kind of world they will be inheriting.”

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize is the only major songwriting award in Canada where fans vote to determine the winner. Ten outstanding songs created by Canadian songwriters over the past year are nominated by a panel of 15 esteemed music industry experts. The public is then invited to vote once a day for their favourite song for two weeks to determine the winner.

SOCAN plays no role in determining the nominees or winners, apart from ensuring that they meet eligibility criteria.

The winner of the Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the competition conducted separately for songs in French, was “Les amants de pompéi,” written and performed by Thierry Larose, and published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.

The English category also included the following extraordinary songs:

  • “Black Woman” – written by Emanuel Assefa, Ryan Bakalarczyk, John Fellner, Kardinal Offishall; performed by Emanuel; Kardinal Offishall published by BMG Rights Management Canada.
  • “Dancing In My Room” – written by Carter Britz, Aidan Fuller; performed by 347aidan; published by Kobalt Music Publishing Canada.
  • “delicate” – written by Jonah Yano, Schott Zhang; performed by Jonah Yano.
  • “Dream” – written by Clairmont Humphrey II; performed by Clairmont The Second.
  • “Frontin’ Like Pharrell” – written by Kahdijah Payne; performed by DijahSB.
  • “homebody” – written by Michael Brandolino, Alexander DiMauro, Karah McGillivray, Tom Peyton, Robert Sowinski; performed by Valley.
  • “No Smoke” – written by Vanessa Kalala, David Charles Fischer, Christopher Larocca, Hrag Sanbalian; performed by LU KALA.
  • “Purple Carousel” – written by Sydanie Nichol, Casey Manierka; performed by Sydanie.
  • “Solid” – written by Savannah Ré Simpson, Johann Deterville, Akeel Henry; performed by Savannah Ré; Savannah Ré published by Sony Music Publishing.

The 2020 winner of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize was “The Spark” written and performed by William Prince. Previous winners are available to view at SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

 Media contacts:

Proof Strategies: (for SOCAN): Sara Basdeo, sbasdeo@getproof.com
SOCAN: Nicole Van Severen, nicole.vanseveren@socan.com

 

SOCAN Announces 2020 Financial Results

Toronto, July 13, 2021 – SOCAN today announced its 2020 financial results, including more than $348-million in royalties distributed to the company’s 175,000 members, a 20% increase in revenues from digital sources alone, and on-time quarterly distributions of royalties to the company’s member music creators, music publishers, and visual artists.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, SOCAN saw an overall revenue decline of only 4% primarily as a result of 10 months without in-person concert revenue and the use of licensed recorded music in public. The decline was offset by increased collections from digital and international sources.

The company reduced gross expenses by 4% over the prior year as a result of continued operational improvements through more efficient and cost-effective approaches at every level.

Highlights of SOCAN’s 2020 results:

  • More than $348-million distributed to music creators, publishers, and visual artists – a 10% year-over-year increase.
  • $391-million in total revenues – a 4% decrease from 2019, considerably less than many other major music rights collectives worldwide.
  • A 10.5% year-over-year increase in international royalties for an all-time high of $100-million going to SOCAN members.
  • Collections from digital sources to a record $104-million for music created and published by SOCAN members, an average annual growth rate of 32%.
  • More than $11-million collected for reproduction rights on behalf of the company’s expanding family of clients, most of whom work with SOCAN to administer both the performing and the reproduction right.

“Supporting our members in a year of challenges meant adjusting swiftly and effectively to challenging circumstances,” said CEO Jennifer Brown. “Reducing our operating costs and getting funds to struggling music creators as quickly and thoroughly as possible was paramount. We steadily worked to lessen the pandemic’s impact on members – particularly those who rely on income from in-person concerts and touring – offering various financial initiatives. The resiliency and passion of our members, our employees, and the industry kept us moving forward through the unexpected, unprecedented circumstances of 2020.”

In 2020, SOCAN continued to sharpen its focus on its members, providing various financial support and new programming to help them weather the pandemic, including an enhanced emergency advance program, the Encore payment program for qualifying live performances on Facebook and Instagram, and a new permanent distribution rule for online concerts.

SOCAN continues to execute on the comprehensive financial recovery plan related to the losses of the wholly owned subsidiary, Dataclef. These losses did not impact distributions. As anticipated in 2020, SOCAN incurred an impairment of $28-million to the advances made by SOCAN to fund the subsidiary operations since 2016.

“Music has helped us through the pandemic, and music is helping us out of it,” Brown added. “The invaluable power of music to sustain and rejuvenate us has never been realized more than over the last 16 months.”

SOCAN added more than 7,500 new members in 2020, one of the largest years of membership growth in the organization’s history.

The company’s 2020 results, activities of 2021, and plans were discussed at SOCAN’s online annual general meeting for qualified members on July 13th.

For an overview of SOCAN’s 2020 activities and financials, please visit www.socanannualreport.ca.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value. and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

Media contact: Andrew Berthoff, andrew.berthoff@socan.com

SOCAN Members Elect Board of Directors for 2021-’24 Term

Toronto, June 30, 2021 – SOCAN today announced the results of its 2021 Board of Directors election, based on votes cast by SOCAN members (music creators, publishers) from April 12 to April 30, 2021.

There are 18 seats on the SOCAN Board of Directors – nine writer members and nine publisher members, with regional, cultural and genre specific representation. Each is elected to a three-year term.

The following people were elected and will take office when scrutineers Grant Thornton officially present the results at the 2021 SOCAN Annual General Meeting, to be held online on July 13, 2021.

Representing SOCAN Music Writer Members (alphabetically by last name):

  • David Bussières
  • Victor Davies *
  • Damhnait Doyle *
  • Rhonda Head
  • Ed Henderson *
  • Stan Meissner *
  • Glenn Morley *
  • Marc Ouellette *
  • Diane Tell *

Representing SOCAN Music Publisher Members (alphabetically by company name):

  • Diane Pinet, Bloc-Notes Music Publishing
  • Jennifer Beavis, BMG Rights Management Canada
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Casablanca Media Publishing *
  • Daniel Lafrance, Éditorial Avenue
  • Mark Jowett, Nettwerk Music Group
  • Cheryl Link, Peermusic Canada Inc. *
  • Gary Furniss, Sony Music Publishing Canada *
  • Patrick Curley, Third Side Music *
  • Vivian Barclay, Warner/Chappell Music Canada *

(* incumbent)

“Congratulations to each SOCAN board member on their election to the 2021-’24 term,” said CEO Jennifer Brown, who was officially appointed to the role by SOCAN’s Board of Directors on June 28th. “The SOCAN management team looks forward to collaborating as we chart new directions for the company together.”

Following SOCAN’s annual general meeting, the new board of directors will hold its first meeting and elect the president of the board and other officers.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

Media Contact: Andrew Berthoff, andrew.berthoff@socan.com

Jennifer Brown Appointed SOCAN CEO

Toronto, June 29, 2021 – The board of directors of SOCAN has appointed Jennifer Brown Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Brown had held an interim CEO role since April 2020, and she becomes the first woman to lead Canada’s largest music and visual arts rights organization, as well as the first to be appointed to the role from within the company.

“Jennifer Brown’s work at SOCAN is exemplary, her leadership abilities are remarkable, and her passion for the interests of our members and stakeholders is unsurpassed,” said Marc Ouellette, President of SOCAN’s board of directors. “It is a great pleasure to see her rise to a role that she earned through decades of constant commitment and persistent determination to do what is right for our more than 175,000 members and nearly 300 employees.”

With more than two decades of strategic experience in rights management, licensing, advocacy and support for music creators and publishers, Brown started her career with SOCAN in in 1995 as a representative in the company’s Membership department. She has held progressive leadership positions, including Vice President of SOCAN’s Licensing department, before taking on the role of Senior Vice President of Operations & Reproduction Rights in 2018.

Admired by her colleagues for her intelligence, humility and hands-on style, Jennifer Brown’s numerous accomplishments with SOCAN include establishing SOCAN Reproduction Rights presence, guiding the company’s Licensing department to record-setting results, establishing SOCAN’s cost-effective and strategic re-structuring, and the introduction of new and innovative customer-facing tools, all of which have resulted in improved licensing collection efforts and increased royalties distributed to SOCAN’s songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

Jennifer Brown grew up in a household in which royalties from music creation and performance were a crucial source of income. The Family Brown would become one of the country’s more successful recording and performing groups and her father as the principal songwriter achieved several songwriting awards.

“I know what it’s like to rely on fair royalties through hard work and I’ve seen songwriting as a career first-hand,” Brown said, “I will continue to work to make SOCAN the organization that our members and licensed organizations so richly deserve.”

SOCAN also recently announced the appointment of Jean-Christian Céré as Chief Membership Officer, effective June 28th, and Vanessa Thomas to the role of Vice-President, Member & Industry Relations, which came into effect on June 14th.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

Media contact: Andrew Berthoff, andrew.berthoff@socan.com

2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists: Brilliant Canadian Music Creation Didn’t Miss a Beat Last Year

Toronto, June 17, 2021 – Today, the 16th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize celebrates the exceptional talent of the next generation of great Canadian music creators with 20 sensational songs.

As songwriting becomes increasingly collaborative, 2020 challenged music creators in ways never experienced. For some, it meant more time to focus on their personal craft development and, for others, it meant collaborating in new savvy ways. But for all, it meant continuing to create the music that played an invaluable part in carrying us through a difficult year.

The 20 finalists for 2021 SOCAN Songwriting Prize embraced the challenge and delivered emotionally poignant, fun-loving, and inspired work, rich in musical and cultural diversity.

The SOCAN Songwriting Prize, and the equivalent Prix de la chanson SOCAN for Francophone songwriters, is the only major songwriting award in Canada where fans determine the results with online voting at socansongwritingprize.ca.

As financial stresses continue to disproportionately impact music creators, the SOCAN Songwriting Prize will, for the second year, award cash prizes to all 20 nominees. Each grand prize winner receives $5,000, a Yamaha keyboard and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade. Each nominated song not receiving the grand prize will be awarded a $500 cash prize.

The 10 finalists for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize (English):

  • “Black Woman” – written by Emanuel Assefa, Ryan Bakalarczyk, John Fellner, Kardinal Offishall; performed by Emanuel; Kardinal Offishall published by BMG Rights Management Canada.
  • “Dancing In My Room” – written by Carter Britz, Aidan Fuller; performed by 347aidan; published by Kobalt Music Publishing Canada.
  • “delicate” – written by Jonah Yano, Schott Zhang; performed by Jonah Yano.
  • “Dream” – written by Clairmont Humphrey II; performed by Clairmont The Second.
  • “Frontin’ Like Pharrell” – written by Kahdijah Payne; performed by DijahSB.
  • “homebody” – written by Michael Brandolino, Alexander DiMauro, Karah McGillivray, Tom Peyton, Robert Sowinski; performed by Valley.
  • “No Smoke” – written by Vanessa Kalala, David Charles Fischer, Christopher Larocca, Hrag Sanbalian; performed by LU KALA.
  • “Purple Carousel” – written by Sydanie Nichol, Casey Manierka; performed by Sydanie.
  • “Solid” – written by Savannah Ré Simpson, Johann Deterville, Akeel Henry; performed by Savannah Ré; Savannah Ré published by Sony Music Publishing.
  • “Western Skies” – written by Billy Raffoul; performed by Billy Raffoul; published by Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.

 

From June 17 to July 1, 2021, music fans can listen to and vote for their favourite song by the nominees by visiting socansongwritingprize.ca. Fans can vote once daily in each of the English and French prize competitions.

The winning songs are scheduled to be announced the week of July 5, 2021.

“In a very challenging year, the 2021 SOCAN Songwriting prize finalists showed that great works of art can emerge from hard times,” said Jennifer Brown, SOCAN interim CEO. “As the pandemic continues to impact music creators disproportionately, we are pleased to maintain a prize structure that supports as many SOCAN members as possible.”

Every year two independent panels, each comprising 15 music industry influencers, nominate long lists of 30 English and 30 French songs by emerging Canadian songwriters and composers released in the previous year that they feel were artistically superior and meet eligibility criteria. All long-listed songs are then voted on by the panels to determine each list of 10 finalists in English and French.

SOCAN does not have a role in determining nominees or winners.

The 10 song finalists for the 2021 Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the Francophone counterpart to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize:

  • “Accident” – written by Laurence-Anne Gagné-Charest; performed by Laurence-Anne.
  • “Demande-moi” – written by Maude Audet; performed by Maude Audet; published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.
  • “Income Tax” – written by Jonah Richard Guimond; performed by P’tit Belliveau; published by Édition Bonsound.
  • “Le cœur a ses raisons” – written by Gary Derussy, Sarahmée Nicole Ouellet, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Thomas Lapointe, Diego Montenegro; performed by Sarahmée.
  • “Les amants de Pompéi” – written by Thierry Larose, Alexandre Martel, Charles-Antoine Olivier; performed by Thierry Larose; published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.
  • “OK” – written by Micheal Christopher Mlakar, Adel Aoual Kazi, Émile Desilet, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Sébastien Pascal Boisseau; performed by Clay and Friends.
  • “Oui Toi” – written by Léo Fougères, Clément Langlois-Légaré, Tom St-Laurent, Adel Aoual Kazi; performed by FouKi; published by FouKi.
  • “Ta main” – written by Ariane Roy, Pierre Emmanuel Beaudoin, Vincent Gagnon, Dominique Plante, Cédric Martel, Roxane Azzaria; performed by Ariane Roy.
  • “Tempérance” – written by Emerik St-Cyr Labbe; performed by Mon Doux Saigneur.
  • “Tu m’connais trop bien” – written by Gabriel Bouchard; performed by Gab Bouchard; published by Les éditions Bravo musique inc.

For the latest updates, follow the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on social media at @SOCANmusic and on Twitter via the #SOCANprize hashtag.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

Media contacts:
Proof Inc. (for SOCAN): sbasdeo@getproof.com
SOCAN: Nicole Van Severen, nicole.vanseveren@socan.com

Previous winners of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize: William Prince, “The Spark” (2020); grandson, “Blood // Water” (2019); Partner, “Play The Field” (2018); PUP, “DVP” (2017); Fast Romantics, “Julia” (2016); Dear Rouge, “I Heard I Had” (2015); Alejandra Ribera, “I Want” (2014); Mo Kenney, “Sucker” (2013); Kathleen Edwards, “A Soft Place to Land” (2012); Katie Moore, “Wake Up Like This” (2011); Brasstronaut, “Hearts Trompet” (2010); D-Sisive, “Nobody With a Notepad” (2009); The Weakerthans, “Night Windows” (2008); Abdominal, “Pedal Pusher” (2007); Propagandi, “A Speculative Fiction” (2006).

Previous winners of the Prix de la chanson SOCAN: Félix Dyotte, “Maintenant ou jamais” (2020); Tizzo, “On fouette” (2019); Loud, “56k” (2018); Klô Pelgag and Karl Gagnon,”Les ferrofluides-fleurs” (2017); Laurence Nerbonne, “Rêves d’été” (2016); Antoine Corriveau, “Le Nouveau vocabulaire” (2015); Patrice Michaud, “Mécaniques générales” (2014); Keith Kouna, “Batiscan” (2013); Koriass, “St-Eustache” (2012); Galaxie, “Piste 1” (2011); Vulgaires Machins, “Parasites” (2010); Bernard Adamus, “La question à 100 piasses” (2009); Karkwa, “Oublie pas” (2008); Tricot Machine, “L’Ours” (2007); Ève Cournoyer, “Tout arrive” (2006).

 

 

SOCAN Builds Leadership Team with Key Additions

Toronto and Montréal, June 2, 2021 – SOCAN announced several leadership changes, including Jean-Christian Céré as Chief Membership Officer, and Vanessa Thomas as Vice-President, Member & Industry Relations, as the nonprofit music and visual arts rights and royalties company continues the renewal of its strategic vision for its more than 175,000 members.

Céré expands upon the Chief Membership Officer role that was vacated last November. Fluently bilingual, he will be based in the company’s Montréal office, and oversee a department of more than 35 full-time staff, while building a new strategy that will deliver more for songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists. He officially joins SOCAN on June 28th.

With more than 15 years of executive experience, including General Manager of the Society of Authors and Composers of Quebec (SPACQ) from 2003-’12, Jean-Christian Céré collaborated with SOCAN and SOCAN Foundation frequently, which will give him a running start. With a law degree specializing in copyright and a Master of Business Administration, he has earned a reputation for his passion for creator rights, positive leadership, and innovative thinking. He was most recently General Manager at Astec Industries Inc. and, before that, President of Casavant Frères, a designer and manufacturer of musical instruments.

Vanessa Thomas moves into the new Vice-President, Member & Industry Relations role after serving as Executive Director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF). With the CSHF, which is wholly owned by SOCAN and operated at arms’ length, Thomas elevated the stature of the nonprofit organization with a multitude of inductions of legendary songs and songwriters in both French and English. Before joining the CSHF, she spent 15 years in California working with major broadcasters both on and off air, and ran Gavin Magazine, a well-known broadcast industry trade publication. Thomas returned to Canada as Managing Director of Nielsen Entertainment Canada, and then promoted to Senior Vice President, North America Nielsen Music, a position she held for 12 years. She and her team of 14 worked with the music industry, performing rights organizations and broadcasters on both sides of the border. She then opened Songza Canada’s offices and later led business development for Rdio.

In her new role with SOCAN, Vanessa Thomas will work with the company’s team of A&R and event management professionals, expanding the development of emerging talent in music creation. She officially starts her SOCAN career on June 14th.

“Jean-Christian Céré brings even more focus, professionalism, and strategic direction to our Membership team and SOCAN overall, and Vanessa Thomas’s team-building and networking abilities are renowned,” said SOCAN interim CEO Jennifer Brown. “At our last annual general meeting, we promised a sharper member-centric approach to all that we do. Jean-Christian and Vanessa deliver on that strategy and amplify our commitment to our Francophone members and stakeholders, extending partnerships and collaboration throughout Canada’s music and cultural industries.”

The company recently created a Strategic Solutions & Analytics Team, welcoming Alan Triger as its Head. The group has a mandate to develop new digital products and services for SOCAN members, licensed businesses, employees, and other stakeholders. The Strategic Solutions & Analytics Team will manage existing projects, such as the company’s new Member Portal, and deliver new solutions that address and anticipate the constantly changing needs of SOCAN’s key constituents. Triger brings with him three decades of leadership and expertise as a senior executive and business intelligence expert working in the music industry, including an accomplished 26-year tenure with Warner Music Group.

SOCAN also announced that Chief Operating Officer Jeff King will leave the company after June 4th. Following a re-organization of much of SOCAN’s operations, the decision was made to remove the COO role. Geneviève Côté will also depart SOCAN after June 4th. SOCAN’s Quebec affairs will be fulfilled in part by Céré.

“Thank you to Jeff King and Geneviève Côté for their service to SOCAN and their numerous contributions over the years,” Brown added. “We wish them nothing but success for the future, and no one can ever doubt their commitment to and belief in fair and equitable rights for music creators, visual artists and music publishers.”

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

Media contact: Andrew Berthoff, andrew.berthoff@socan.com

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Carries the Baton for Music Rights with SOCAN Licensed To Play Award

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is being honoured with the SOCAN Licensed To Play Award at the 32nd annual SOCAN Awards.

Toronto, May 27, 2021 – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), a leading Canadian orchestra, has earned the 2021 SOCAN Licensed To Play Award for its steadfast and continuing commitment to fair, legal, and ethical music licensing over its nearly century-long history – including 2020, when the world was faced with the global pandemic. The annual accolade is part of the 32nd annual SOCAN Awards, held virtually for the second time, starting May 27, 2021.

The TSO’s vibrant music programming and music-related initiatives include internationally recognized composers and music creators, including many SOCAN composer members. Each year, the TSO’s SOCAN-licensed events set the stage for many orchestral and popular concerts where music is heard and performed, and in 2020 the TSO innovated with online performances, each adhering to fair music licensing.

“We’re very proud to receive the Licensed To Play SOCAN Award,” said Toronto Symphony Orchestra CEO Matthew Loden. “We continue to program rich and diverse music artists, including composers who evolve our artform. The TSO’s Principal Librarian Gary Corrin has been unwavering in his commitment to composers and our relationship with SOCAN – it’s one more way we can support the artists with whom we work.”

The Licensed To Play award recognizes a Canadian business that consistently ensures it is legally and ethically using music, and represents the mutual respect that music creators and businesses have for each other, allowing them both to continue to grow together.

“The TSO’s outstanding reputation of ethical and fair music licensing is an example of their sustained commitment to composers and music creators and just one of the reasons they remain a leader in the orchestral world,” said Ian Cusson, Canadian composer, and recipient of the 2021 Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music SOCAN Award.

The TSO’s focus on digital performances during the pandemic included SOCAN-licensed programming including their TSO On Demand and Live-steam series. “This award recognizes that the TSO continues to program extraordinary musical talent, both in-person and digitally, with fair compensation,” said SOCAN Vice President of Royalty Collections, Kit Wheeler. “It’s an honour for SOCAN to continue our great partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on behalf of our more than 175,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.”

SOCAN works with businesses and their trade associations, as well as municipalities and others, to encourage them to stay up-to-date with their music licenses. Collectively, music licensing provides a major part of songwriters, composers, and music publishers’ livelihoods through royalties. It’s a vital aspect of Canada’s music ecosystem.

The 2021 SOCAN Awards will be the second year that the annual event will be held online due to pandemic safeguards. Beginning May 27th, more than 50 SOCAN awards will be presented to the year’s most successful music creators and publishers in an event that is often cited as a crowning achievement in the careers of songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

Learn more about the SOCAN Awards at SocanAwards.com.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

About Toronto Symphony Orchestra

One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has played a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life for 98 years. Music Director Gustavo Gimeno brings an expansive artistic vision, intellectual curiosity, and sense of adventure to programming the 92-musician Orchestra. The TSO is committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances, extensive educational activities, and impactful community relationships. It has a notable recording and broadcast history and has been celebrated internationally during its many tours. The TSO remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction.

Media contacts:
Proof Inc
(for SOCAN): Stephanie Malcolm, smalcolm@getproof.com
SOCAN: Amal Yassir, amal.yassir@socan.com

TSO: Claudine Domingue, cdomingue@TSO.CA

 

 

 

The Weeknd Keeps Winning, Hitting a SOCAN Awards Record

Toronto, May 27, 2021 – Global superstar and SOCAN member The Weeknd has achieved yet another milestone by gaining five SOCAN Awards for his accomplishments in 2020, matching fellow SOCAN member Shawn Mendes as the most-awarded SOCAN member in a single year.

After dominating the Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd adds the coveted SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award, the SOCAN International Song Award for the smash hit “Blinding Lights,” two SOCAN Pop Music Awards and a SOCAN R&B Music Award.

Honouring Canada’s most successful songwriters, composers and music publishers, the 32nd annual SOCAN Awards are being held online for the second year.

Follow @socanmusic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#SOCANawards) and go to socanawards.com to join in the celebration of more than 50 award winners announced today and special performance by JJ Wilde of Eddie Schwartz’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Special virtual presentations will include SOCAN members Drake, Lido Pimienta, Shawn Mendes, OZ, Tenille Arts and many more music creators and publishers who exemplify the incredible domestic and international success of Canadian music creation.

SOCAN Special Achievement Awards:

  • The Weeknd. The Weeknd is honoured for the second time with the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Performer Award. In addition to this most prestigious prize, he also takes home the SOCAN International Song Award, two SOCAN Pop Music Awards for the international hits “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” and a SOCAN R&B Award for “In Your Eyes.”
  • Eddie Schwartz. His impact as a songwriter on the international music scene is undeniable, and his truly iconic song, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” holds a special place in music history. An anthem of empowerment and resilience, not only was the song Schwartz’s earliest hit as a songwriter for another artist, but it would see singer Pat Benatar achieve her first Billboard top 10 single. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and Eddie Schwartz will be honoured with the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award.
  • SOCAN Guardian Award. The most significant act of government prioritizing Canadian music, the Broadcasting Act, made sure that the work of Canadian music creators was properly promoted for the prosperity of Canadian culture. The SOCAN Guardian Award honours the 24 industry and government leaders who championed Canadian content legislation, ensuring Canadian art and storytelling could be discovered and thrive. Their contributions of a half-century ago inspire us as we look to the future and how we will continue to nurture Canada’s music creators in the digital era.
  • Keith Power. For his incredible music contributions to such television productions as Heartland, and Hawaii Five-0, Keith Power is celebrated for a fourth time with the SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award, the SOCAN Domestic Television Music Award – Fiction Programming and the SOCAN International Television Series Music Award.
  • Frank Dukes. Dukes continues to dominate the world of production, receiving his fourth consecutive SOCAN Songwriter of The Year – Producer Award. Producing for many of the biggest names in music, including the global chart-toppers “My Oh My” by Camila Cabello feat. DaBaby, and “Monster” by Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber.
  • Tate McRae. In 2020 Tate McRae’s single “You Broke Me First” became one of the biggest international hits of the year. This followed amassing tens of millions of streams on her debut single “Tear Myself Apart,” co-penned with Billie Eilish and Finneas, and being added as the youngest musician to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Tate McRae is being honoured with the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award and a SOCAN Pop Music Award.
  • peermusic Canada Inc. For their investment in music creation and commitment to the long-term success of music creators in 2020, peermusic receives the SOCAN Publisher of the Year Award.
  • The SOCAN Licensed To Play Award goes to Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s preeminent classical music organization, for providing much-needed online concerts while continuing to recognize the value of music and importance of music rights by adhering to legal and ethical music licensing.

“In a difficult year, the incredible work of Canada’s music creators and publishers has never been more important and meaningful,” said SOCAN interim CEO Jennifer Brown. “2020 reminded us of the deep connection we have with music and the huge role it plays in our mental and emotional health. We will continue to advocate for a country in which music creation is fairly valued and rewarded.”

Music fans can support music creators by donating to the official charitable partners of the SOCAN Awards, the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation, organizations that work to assist deserving musicians, music creators and music publishers in their lives and careers.

SOCAN Achievement Award winners are determined collaboratively between the SOCAN Board of Directors’ Membership Committee and the leaders of SOCAN’s Membership department. They receive “The SOCAN” – the world’s first and only music industry trophy that is also a musical instrument, incorporating five custom bronze crotales created by world-class percussion instrument maker SABIAN of New Brunswick.

The annual Gala de la SOCAN, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN’s Francophone members, will be held in a similar event later this year.

A complete list of winners can be found at 2021 SOCAN Awards.

About SOCAN
SOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators, music publishers and visual artists worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 175,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and over 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com

Media contacts:
Proof Strategies (on behalf of SOCAN): Sara Basdeo, sbasdeo@getproof.com

SOCAN: Nicole Van Severen, Nicole.VanSeveren@socan.com