The desperate protests and events from recent days bring to light the ongoing systemic racism that Black people face every day. And this treatment does not stop at the border; it happens on Canadian soil.

Yesterday, we participated in #blackouttuesday, in solidarity with the rest of music industry, but we recognize that yesterday’s action cannot exist in isolation.

Across the company, with departments, with small groups, with a team of executives and Black employees, we engaged in constructive, frank, and vulnerable dialogue. We shared experiences, we listened, we learned, we strengthened our resolve to be better as a company, as employees, as human beings.

We denounce any police brutality against our black communities.

But we must do more.

We are challenging our employees to become better allies, hearing their stories, suggestions, and arming them with tools and resources to support our Black community. 

We are looking inward to better understand how we can use our platforms for good and looking internally at our own implicit biases.

We are learning and we are listening, and we plan to use our platforms to continue to stand up and amplify the voices of our Black community members by showcasing and collaborating with Black creators, contributors, and employees.

We are creating a staff-lead equity program and task force to support our commitment to fostering an open, equal, and inclusive workplace for our existing and future Black employees, members, and business partners.  

This is just the beginning.


Here are some ways we can all create change:

Together we will continue to foster and build dialogue and create ways that we as an organization and a collection of brilliant minds can work together to bring about the changes that we need.

CBC and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) present the fourth of five instalments of the JUNOs 365 Songwriters’ Circle virtual series, adapted for an online audience after the popular “Jewel of the JUNOs” event was cancelled in Saskatoon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by SOCAN in association with Music Publishers Canada, the series of five online events, continuing on Friday, June 12, 2020, features some of Canada’s best songwriters telling the intriguing stories behind the songs, and performing from their homes. The fourth episode will feature Scott Helman, Meghan Patrick, Tom Wilson, and Whitehorse.

The JUNOS 365 Songwriters’ Circle will be available free in Canada on CBC Gem and globally on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages and, every other week on Fridays, until June 26.  For more information, click here.


Protests in the United States, and similar actions in Toronto and Montréal, have provided a profound call for meaningful, positive change regarding the rights of the Black community.

SOCAN is joining the call for the music industry to observe Black Out Tuesday tomorrow in support of our members, employees, and the global community. All SOCAN staff will join in a day of reflection on how we, as an organization, can do even more to work for equality, diversity, and fairness – integral qualities for which SOCAN stands.

This means the company will put our usual work aside for the day, and, instead work to improve our understanding of how we can be better, as a society, as a company, and as individuals.