At Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2019, SOCAN will present its ever-popular “Cooking Beats” panel with one of Canada’s hottest beat-makers, Jazz Cartier producer Lantz, to be held at in Sheraton Centre Toronto on Thursday, May 9, from 3:25 to 5:00 p.m.

Lantz’s production style is self-described as “cinematic trap music,” composed of melodic synths, hard-hitting drums, and bending baselines. His work with Jazz Cartier has made the Polaris Music Prize long list twice, in 2015 for Marauding in Paradise, and 2016 for Hotel Paranoia. The latter album earned a JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2017.

In a conversation with SOCAN’s Aidan D’Aoust, Lantz will show CMW delegates how he crafts a killer beat. Whether you’re an aspiring beat-maker, or an industry professional who wonders how beats are made, this session will pull back the curtain and show you why Canadian beat-makers are among the best in the world. Ever wonder where the ideas for beats come from? How to create a beat? What software you can use? What are the stages of growth of a beat? How do you use, or re-create, samples? And once you’ve a finished beat, how do you shop it? How do top-liners write over the beat? The “Cooking Beats” panel will answer these questions, and whatever else you want to ask about the art and craft of beat-making.

SOCAN will also participate in six other panels at CMW 2019, all at the Sheraton, as follows:

Thursday, May 9 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
“The State of the Global Music Industry”
Osgoode Ballroom East
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste participates

Thursday, May 9 – 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.
Global Music Landscape: Getting Discovered, Played and Paid
Osgoode Ballroom West
SOCAN Vice President, International Relations, Catharine Saxberg participates

Friday, May 10 – 3:55 to 5:30 p.m.
Pitch & Get Paid: How to Get Investors to Cut You a Cheque
Sheraton Ballroom C
SOCAN sponsors this pitch competition

Saturday, May 11 – 10:50 to 11:35 a.m.
Inclusivity, Equity and Diversity in the Context of a Music City- How are we faring?
Sheraton Ballroom A/B
Moderated by SOCAN Foundation Executive Director Charlie Wall-Andrews

Saturday, May 11 – 10:50 to 11:35 a.m.
Fair Pay for Creators in a Fair Trade World
Osgoode Ballroom West
Eddie Schwartz, SOCAN Nashville representative, participates
SOCAN Foundation Vice-President Martine Groulx

Saturday May 11 – 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Greenlighting: The Risks, Rewards and Gut Instincts of Signing Artists
Osgoode Ballroom East
SOCAN Chief Membership & Business Development Officer Michael McCarty is interviewed by Bob Lefsetz

Additionally, at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, on Thursday, May 9, at Rebel Entertainment Complex, Michael McCarty will be inducted into the awards’ Hall of Fame, and Eddie Schwartz will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

SOCAN members will receive significant discounts off of regular registration rates for the VIP Conference and Three-Day Conference. Just message us at events@socan.com to get a code for 30% off. Already bought your pass? No problem, e-mail us and you can still get the credit on a previously purchased pass.

Come see us at the SOCAN booth in the exhibition area outside the ballrooms, on Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10.


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The next edition of the SOCAN Awards Gala will once again salute the remarkable work of music publishers with the Publisher of the Year Award. Publishers are invited to submit their nominations starting today.

The SOCAN Publisher of the year Award recognizes a publisher member who contributed in a significant and positive manner to the music industry and creative community during the year leading up to the Gala.

The eligibility period for the 2019 edition of the SOCAN Awards is from January 1 to December 31, 2018, and only the accomplishments that occured during this period will be taken under consideration. All nominations will be evaluated by a jury of music industry professionals.

To be eligible, a publisher mus be based in Canada and their repertoire be in large part Francophone or having had a significant Francophone impact creatively and commercially. A publisher whose representative sits on the selection committee is not eligible for this award. Nominations for the Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala must be submitted to Stéphanie Falco (stephanie.falco@socan.com) no later than May 31, 2019, at 5 p.m., EDT.

The Publisher of the year Award will be presented during the 30th Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Download the nomination form


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SOCAN honoured Daniel Caesar and several of his co-writers with SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards for “Get You,” “Best Part,” and “We Find Love,” each of which topped Billboard  U.S. or MuchMusic charts since 2016.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste – along with Senior Director, A&R, Rodney Murphy; A&R Representative Melissa Cameron-Passley; and Account Executive Peter Fera – presented the awards during a private dinner for the hit songwriters at La Banane restaurant in downtown Toronto, on the evening of April 25, 2019.

Attending were Daniel Caesar himself; his most frequent co-writers/producers Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans; his co-writers Riley Bell, Wesley Allen, and Nevon Sinclair; and three out of the four BadBadNotGood band members who co-wrote “Get You” – Matthew Tavares, Leland Whitty, and Alexander Sowinski.

“Get You” (featuring Kali Uchis) is co-written by Caesar, Burnett, Evans, Allen, Ian Culley, and BadBadNotGood’s Chester Hansen, Tavares, Whitty, and Sowinski. The song, co-published by Third Side Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada, scaled the summit of the Billboard Adult R&B Chart on Feb. 3, 2018.

We also presented SOCAN R&B Music trophies for “Get You,” from our 2018 SOCAN Awards in Toronto, to Tavares, Whitty, and Sowinski, all of whom were unable to attend at that time.

“Best Part” (featuring H.E.R.), which topped the Billboard Adult R&B Chart on Oct. 20, 2018, is co-written by Caesar, Burnett, Evans, and Riley Bell, and co-published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada.

“We Find Love,” is co-written by Caesar, Burnett, Evans, Allen, Jordon Manswell, and Nevon Sinclair, and co-published by EMI April Music Publishing Canada Ltd. and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada. It reached the peak of the MuchMusic Countdown on Nov. 10, 2018.

SOCAN congratulates all the co-writers, and co-publishers, on these great achievements!


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