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Media Releases

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

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Leamington, Ont., songwriter wins over voters to deliver fan favourite
to take $5,000 cash prize


SOCAN Announces 2020 Financial Results

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

$349-million in total royalties distributed to member songwriters, composers, music publishers, and visual artists – a 10% increase over 2019


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

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

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


Jennifer Brown Appointed SOCAN CEO

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

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 … Continue reading Jennifer Brown Appointed SOCAN CEO


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

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Vote online every day to determine winners


SOCAN Builds Leadership Team with Key Additions

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Jean-Christian Céré: Chief Membership Officer
Vanessa Thomas: Vice-President, Member & Industry Relations


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

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Classical music institution upholds legal and ethical music licensing
throughout the pandemic


The Weeknd Keeps Winning, Hitting a SOCAN Awards Record

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Eddie Schwartz Still “Hits Us with His Best Shot” in Celebration
of Songwriters, Composers and Music Publishers


Original 24 CanCon visionaries to be Honoured at 2021 SOCAN Awards

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Advocates to be recognized as Guardians of Canadian Culture for helping to raise the stature of music made in Canada


SOCAN Statement on Bill C-10

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Toronto, April 28, 2021 – When Canadians are engaged in a national discussion on how to support our songwriters and creators in the digital age, that’s positive. SOCAN has been engaged in this discussion for many years, and we applaud the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the ways we support Canadian Content adapt and evolve … Continue reading SOCAN Statement on Bill C-10


SOCAN Statement

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Toronto, April 22, 2021 – SOCAN announced today that Marc Ouellette, president of the organization’s board of directors, has received and accepted the resignation of board member Denis Wolff. Wolff also has withdrawn his nomination from the current board election and has resigned from the board of directors of the SOCAN Foundation. “Denis Wolff felt … Continue reading SOCAN Statement


SOCAN Brings Added Relief Through Expanded Online Concert Royalties for Music Creators and Publishers

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Toronto, March 25, 2021 – While music has provided invaluable spiritual help to get Canadians through the pandemic, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on musicians who rely on in-person concerts and touring to help sustain their livelihood. Today, SOCAN announced an expanded program to enable music creators and publishers to earn more of what they … Continue reading SOCAN Brings Added Relief Through Expanded Online Concert Royalties for Music Creators and Publishers