SOCAN member composers are invited to submit an experimental piece in any electronic music genre (acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music, turntable art, or video music) to the Musicworks 2021 Electronic Music Composition Contest. The juried contest spotlights new musical talent, and offers cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

The contest entry fee is $25 (with each additional entry only $5, unlimited), and includes a free one-year subscription to Musicworks magazine. First prize is $500 cash, a composer profile in Musicworks, Issue 142 (Spring 2022 issue, both in print and online), and your composition released on the Musicworks 142 CD. Second prize is $200 cash and composer coverage on musicworks.ca in 2022, and third prize is $100 cash and composer coverage on musicworks.ca in 2022. The contest closes December 20, 2021.

For further 2021 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, rules and restrictions, and entry forms, click here.



SOCAN was pleased and proud to sponsor a Sony Music Publishing Song Camp at Kilometre Music House, home of the Kilometre Music Group, in downtown Toronto, on Oct. 13-15, 2021.

Among the participating producers, songwriters, and top-liners were Boi-1da, DRTWRK, Anders, River Tiber, Zach Zoya, Savannah Ré, JRDN, Charlotte Day Wilson, Prezident Jeff, Jordon Manswell, Jamie Fine, YogiTheProducer, Rachael Kennedy, and U.S.-based songwriter Leon Thomas.

It was a lively, animated three nights, with creative sparks flying between, and within, the various small groups of co-writers, who were coming in and out of the building (and the writing sessions) all night long. The song camp coincided with Boi-1da’s birthday, so the iconic producer was presented with a GOAT (Greatest of All Time) cake, and fittingly celebrated by all.

Other creative participants included Mikey Samuels, Young Troy , Coleman, My Best Friend Jacob, Zypitano, Heartbeat, Eli Brown , AT, SLMN, Sully, Joël , Rahiim Hurlock, Ricky Tillo, Ty Leon, Shanks, Roderick Porter, ODIE, Bare, Dylan Sinclair, Rahiim Hurlock , Kevins Hideout, Bijan Amir, Jay Isaiah, Labcook, and Sunsetto.

The camp was curated by Adrian Nunez (VP, Creative A&R, Sony Music Publishing, out of New York) and producer/songwriter Don Mills, facilitated by Melissa Cameron-Passley SOCAN Manger, A&R), and hosted by Rodney Murphy (President of A&R/Acquisitions, Kilometre Music Group) and Gavin Brown (Producer/Songwriter, Kilometre Music Group).



The application period for the 26th edition of the Francouvertes has officially begun. Whether solo or in a group, singer-songwriters from Canada’s Francophone and Aboriginal communities have until Nov. 14, 2021, to apply at francouvertes.com.

Thanks to the support of SOCAN and Musicaction, and the invaluable collaboration of Musique nomade, the Francouvertes recently presented the Skátne series, during which 11 Aboriginal artists were invited to open the evenings. This series was only the beginning of a reflection aimed at offering a greater place to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and their languages. It was in the wake of the Skátne series that the decision was made to modify the rules of the competition to accept Aboriginal languages on equal footing as French for this edition. Participants will therefore be able to sing entirely in their own language, or in French and an Aboriginal language.

The possibility to attend the event online or in person will provide increased visibility for participants and partners, as well as for the artists performing on stage, as the general public and many industry players who can’t normally travel to Montréal will be able to view the event and participate remotely by voting.

The Francouvertes competition that takes place in three stages: the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and the finals, for a total of more than 11 evenings, with three artists or groups per show. Each year, this prestigious competition offers an exceptional showcase to more than 21 French-speaking, and now Aboriginal, artists and groups. This unique event offers impressive visibility to its participants, along with several impactful prizes. In addition to the $10,000 Sirius XM scholarship awarded to the Grand Prize winner, all 21 participants also stand a chance to win several prizes that can boost their professional development, such as scholarships, studio time, paid shows with recognized broadcasters as part of major events, and professional and promotional support.