In December of 2021, U.K. music rights organization PRS for Music will be distributing royalties from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe for music used in all games downloaded from the Sony PlayStation Store, during 2018 and 2019, in the U.K. and specific European territories.

If you know that your music was used in this way during 2018 and 2019 in the following countries, then we need your help to get your royalties: U.K., Republic of Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.*

PRS has created two reference lists: Games With Cue Sheets and Games Without Cue Sheets. Please look through both lists to confirm if your music has been used in any of the games. Use the provided Production ID and Production Title to complete the attached cue sheet (you can use one cue sheet for multiple games). Send the completed cue sheet(s) to by Oct. 4, with “PlayStation” in the subject line, and SOCAN will make the claim on your behalf.

* PRS for Music will only be distributing royalties for the applicable territories according to the sister-society mandates for the PRS agreement with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, applicable only for 2018-2019 dates for downloads in the specified territories.

For the fourth consecutive year, the SOCAN Foundation has awarded five cash prizes of $5,000 each to five young music creators from across the country who’ve  won its Young Canadian Songwriters Award, sponsored by Sirius XM.

“Our collaboration with SiriusXM Canada allows us to continue to offer this award to our young music creators,” said SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Wall-Andrews. “Once again this year, we’re pleased to be able to shine a light on Canada’s next generation of songwriters, and provide them with financial support at a critical time in their careers.”

SOCAN and SOLCAN Foundation congratulate the following winners:

  • Maggie Andrew, for “Honda Civic”
  • Two Tiime, for “Hood Cry”
  • Angel Baribeau, for “Love is Up the River”
  • Leah Marlene, for “Bedsheets”
  • Jessica Spurrell, for “Bury Me”

Once again this year, the jury was composed of renowned songwriters from various musical horizons (T. Thomason, Josh Sahunta, Viviane Roy, Andreena Mill, and Rymz), who together sifted through hundreds of entries to find the candidates whose writing and composition stood out the most. This year, the diversity of musical styles was better than ever.

“I was impressed to hear so many young, talented writers taking a step to stand in their own creativity, pulling their musical and cultural influences to the forefront,” said juror Andreena Mill, a.k.a. The BLK LT$. “Standing outside of the box, this new generation is reminding the world why Canada continues to create stars! So proud of everyone who submitted.”

For more information on SOCAN Foundation award winners, click here. The registration deadlines for the 2021 SOCAN Foundation Awards will be posted on the organization’s website in the early months of 2021.

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce the song induction for the rock classic, “What About Love,” which rose to international fame as one of the most successful hits for the band Heart.  The song was one of three written by Toronto bandmates Brian Allen and Sheron Alton, with Jim Vallance; and although it was infamously left off of Toronto’s third album, it would ultimately become one of their greatest songwriting achievements.

The song induction will air on Global Television’s The Morning Show on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, presented by the CSHF to the team of Allen, Alton, and Vallance, along with a special appearance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ann Wilson.  As part of the virtual presentation, Toronto-based singer-songwriter SATE will perform the iconic song live from El Mocambo.

“‘What About Love’ goes to show that there’s a story behind every great song,” said Nicholas Fedor, Director of the Hall of Fame.  The song not only changed the trajectory for Heart, marking their first hit out of the gate with Capitol Records, but ironically became a hit after Toronto disbanded. Jim Vallance continued his highly successful hit-writing partnership with Bryan Adams, Aerosmith and many others.

Allen, Alton, and Vallance co-wrote the song in 1982 to fit a title that Vallance suggested, and the band recorded a demo, but later voted to leave it off their third album.  Allen remembers, “We had an overage of repertoire… and thought it didn’t fit with the others… it was all about fit.”  The band members voted on ballots tossed into a hat, and “What About Love” didn’t make the cut.

Vallance explained, “I thought it was quite a good song, but unfortunately they decided to leave it off the album. So the demo sat on a shelf for a few years.”

Fast-forward three years later to 1985. As Allen told FYI Music News, “I played the demo for ‘What About Love’ to Mike McCarty, then at ATV Music Publishing.  He stopped the cassette partway through and said, ‘I think I could work with this one.’”  McCarty sent it off to the producer for the rock group Heart, who happened to be in search of a strong single for their next album.  Since Heart’s first album had been produced in Canada, and the Wilson sisters had lived in Vancouver for several years, the song from three Canadian songwriters was an easy fit.

Heart recorded a version that was very close to the original demo, and as Ann Wilson described it, “My job was to take it and bring out the strength in it.”  And she did just that. Wilson’s powerhouse vocal, with an especially emotive chorus and heartfelt cry, “What about love?” re-plays in the listener’s mind long after the song ends.

The single enjoyed 12 weeks on the Top 40 charts, and became Heart’s first Top 10 hit in five years. In addition to garnering BMI and (SOCAN precursor organization) PROCAN awards, “What About Love” catapulted the multi-platinum selling album Heart to great success, as it earned a Grammy nomination, and rose to No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart in Canada.

As Brian Allen later laughed, “One of the smartest dumb things I ever did was voting that song out of the album!”

Toronto themselves didn’t release the original “What About Love” until 2002, when Solid Gold Records added the track as a bonus on their re-issued Get It On Credit album.  Guitarists Brian Allen and Sheron Alton had four platinum albums with Toronto. Allen is a sought-after producer, has been an executive with SOCAN, a major-label A&R Vice President, and currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Country Music Association of Ontario.  The multiple award-winning Jim Vallance is one of Canada’s pre-eminent songwriters, and is the composer behind numerous international hits with Bryan Adams, and other top artists.

Following the virtual induction presentation on Sept. 23, “What About Love” will take its place in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame’s permanent home at the National Music Centre in Calgary, which features a celebrated catalogue of inducted songs that fans can listen to, in addition to displays, exclusive artifacts, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia celebrating Canada’s greatest songwriters and Inductees.