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Artists & Repertoire (A&R)

The A&R function has usually been associated with record labels, but with our large base of more than 150,000 members – including music publishers, who are especially adept at fostering collaboration – SOCAN realized that creating an A&R strategy would result in greater value for them. We help our incredibly talented and business-savvy members benefit from expanded opportunities. Intended to be completely complementary to the role of our music publishers, the A&R approach strives to optimize the industry contacts within a strong team, ensuring that SOCAN effectively recruits and retains the members necessary to build its regional, national, and global repertoire of songs and compositions. The A&R approach is aimed at helping our members engage with the marketplace, and collaborate within it, to a greater degree. Our A & R team use their industry contacts, and their talent-assessment, career-development, and people-connecting skills to assist all SOCAN members – not only songwriters, but screen composers and music publishers as well. SOCAN’s A&R strategy is our strongest effort yet to live up to our brand: “Music. People. Connected.”

Nineteen85
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Nineteen85

From 2014 to 2016, Nineteen85 (a.k.a. Paul Jefferies) was one of the most successful producers on the planet. In those two years, he earned four SOCAN Awards for his co-writes with Drake, which he also co-produced. The SOCAN member helped create many of Drake’s phenomenal global smash hits, including “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance,” “Hold On, We're Going Home,” “Too Good” (by Drake, featuring Rihanna), and “Truffle Butter” (by Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake and Lil Wayne). He also founded the R&B duo DVSN with singer Daniel Daley. Nineteen85 has been nominated for three Grammys, and co-wrote/co-produced “Get it Together” and “Madiba Riddim” for Drake's 2017 playlist More Life.