The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of organizations, has announced the launch of the Indigenous Songwriter Award, in partnership with TD Bank Group. The award is open to songwriters and composers of Indigenous descent working in any genre. The inaugural award will be presented at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg on May 18.
In a press release, Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of the SOCAN Foundation, stated that "The Indigenous Songwriter Award builds on the SOCAN Foundation and the efforts of TD to foster, promote and diversify opportunities for music creators of Indigenous descent. Our ongoing aim is to build inclusive grant and awards programming that is as diverse as the communities in which we live, and this new award pushes us even further ahead."
The winner will receive a $10,000 prize, plus airfare and accommodation to and from the Indigenous Music Awards.
A jury of prominent Indigenous songwriters will select the winner of the TD Indigenous Songwriter Award. Music creators can apply now and access information about eligibility and the selection process here