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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.”

Dead Obies
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Dead Obies

As Chairmen of Québec’s rap scene, the six members of Dead Obies are the incarnation of a bold, up-and-coming generation. They broke out in 2013 with Montréal $ud and followed up with 2016's Gesamtkunstwerk, a critical and popular juggernaut that mixed French and English. With little industry support, the SOCAN members topped of the sales charts in Québec, and reached the Top Five in Canada. Dead Obies have a very strong online presence, and totally embrace streaming platforms. They finished as Top Three finalists at the Francouvertes de Montréal in 2013, and have taken part in Francofolies de Montréal, “WordUP! Battles” and “Artbeat” events in Québec. They also won the Urban Music Award at the SOCAN Montréal Gala in 2017.