Billy Raffoul (pictured) wins the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, Dine Alone signs teen popster Aviv, and Drake backs a documentary on Black hockey players. Also in the news are Our Lady Peace, Music PEI, Marianas Trench, CIMA, The Pumps, Danko Jones, The East Pointers, Joey Landreth, Kadooh, Barney Bentall and Geoffrey Kelly, The Trews, Anna Tom, Habari Africa fest, and farewell Charles Connor and Chris Wall.
Despite buttressing headwinds from pandemic lockdowns, SOCAN beat the odds with increased payments to rights holders, beating down its overhead and posting a significant gain from international royalty income.
Jennifer Brown has been confirmed as CEO of SOCAN, becoming the first woman to lead Canada’s largest music and visual arts rights organization and
SOCAN has announced the addition of the SOCAN Guardian Award at the org's 2021 Awards, celebrating the 50th anniversary of CanCon and awarding 24 "
Serena Ryder (pictured) recruits Steve Earle for a new duet, Kardinal Offishall wins the first Canada Listens contest, and Music Declares Emergency tackles the climate crisis. Also making news are Miriam Baghdassarian, Klô Pelgag, Ken Tizzard, INDIE 101, Greg Keelor, eMusic Live, BAD CHILD, SOCAN, LTtheMonk, POP Montreal, MusicNL, APA, Jay Ferguson, and farewell Micky Erbe, Black Rob, and Rusty Young.
Canada’s Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada has expanded its online performance royalties’ program, effective March 25.
Michael McCarty is one of those much-needed forward-thinkers in the music industry, trying to anticipate what’s coming next or what’s next that needs to be done. Karen Bliss's interviewed him as he sets his sites beyond SOCAN where he has accomplished much in seven years.
Top Toronto venue The Mod Club closes its doors, Michael McCarty (pictured) is set to leave SOCAN, and Robert Bennett is named as that org’s CFO. Also in the news are The Weeknd, Sam Roberts Band, John Till and Ken Kalmusky, Serena Ryder, Quartetto Gelato, Chilly Gonzales, The Commodore Ballroom, Colin James, and farewell Ken Hensley, Len Barry, and Bones Hillman.
Canadian performing rights org SOCAN has announced final 2019 financial results, including record domestic and international collections for the company's member music creators, music publishers and visual artists. The company also announced significant financial losses due to past investments in the acquisition, creation, and financing of the new business venture Dataclef Inc. Pictured, interim CEO Jennifer Brown.
Louis-Jean Cormier (pictured) is amongst the leading Félix Awards nominees, the MVP Project announces its new recipients, and Music Canada & CONNECT launch a new series. Others in the news include Slocan Ramblers, the Junos, SOCAN, Crack of Dawn, Melba Moore, Cœur de Pirate, Rhonda Tulk-Lane, Sinéad O'Connor, Polaris Music Prize, Barbra Lica, Ben Kunder, Halifax Jazz Festival, and farewell Rocco Prestia and Cookie Monsta.
SOCAN, on behalf of SODRAC members and clients, is finally able to collect for the reproduction of music on CBC television broadcasts.
July Talk (pictured) outlines its drive-in concerts, new non-profit org Advance moves forward, and Music Nova Scotia creates two new investment programs. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, Audiam, Toronto Shines, John Finley, Bob Wiseman, Melissa Payne, Lawson Vocal Studios, Owen Barney, Jay Douglas, Kyle Meagher, Nikko DeTranquilli, and farewell Lil Marlo.