The SOCAN Foundation and SiriusXM Canada are collaborating on an inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Award that promises to put $5,000 into some aspiring wordsmiths’ pockets.
Five $5,000 prizes will be awarded by a jury of songwriters and music industry professionals.
Applicants must be 21 years of age or younger at the award’s submission deadline, and must be the original creator of the submission entered into the competition, and be or become a member of SOCAN and register their song with the PRO.
“The fostering of talent in youth is often underserved, despite it being a crucial and challenging period in their artistic development,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, SOCAN Foundation Director at the time of the announcement. “This platform will allow us to celebrate the upcoming generation of Canadian song writing and musical creativity.”
“Supporting the creation of Canadian content and growth of Canadian artists is incredibly important to us,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada.
“Every songwriter starts somewhere, and we are happy to help further their development.”
Since 1992, SOCAN Foundation has presented the Young Composer Awards, which provides cash prizes to young Canadian concert music composers and in 2008, created the Young Audio-Visual Composer Awards.
These awards are now accepting applications, along with the inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Awards. Visit socanfoundation.ca to learn more about the awards, and apply by Aug. 15 with a deadline of Aug. 20.